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Man attempts to run on water inside 'bubble' again, but falls short

Tuesday, July 27th 2021, 8:12 pm - Reza Baluchi was attempting to walk on water from Florida to New York for charity -- a 1,609-km journey that ended less than 50 km from his launch -- the third failed effort he has made inside his 'bubble.'

It is often said that the third time is the charm, but for Reza Baluchi, it was just another failed attempt at trying to run on water.

In what Baluchi calls his 'bubble' -- a custom-built 'hydropod' -- the Florida man was found off the eastern Florida coast Saturday, located 50 km south of his starting point in St. Augustine.

He told authorities he was attempting a 1,609-km journey from Florida to New York for charity. The Flagler County Sheriff's Office stated he was forced back to shore due to unspecified complications. His ultimate goal is to either make it to Bermuda or somewhere up the East Coast, with a starting point in Florida.

“My goal is to not only raise money for homeless people, raise money for the coast guard, raise money for the police department, raise money for the fire department,” Baluchi told FOX 35. “They are in public service, they do it for safety and they help other people.”

Flagler County Sheriff's Office/bubble (Flagler County Sheriff's Office)

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) was dispatched to assist him, according to the sheriff's office, and to "ensure the vessel [and] occupant are USCG compliant for their safety moving forward."

This isn’t the first time he’s tried to make the journey, having been rescued from earlier attempts in 2014 and 2016.

Just before his planned trek in 2016, Baluchi was prohibited to do so by the coast guard and was given a banning order after he told the agency of his plans. He faces a charge for the cost of the rescue and a potential $40,000 fine for violating the ban.

The first attempt occurred in October 2014, with the U.S. Coast Guard rescuing Baluchi off of St. Augustine. That attempt cost more than $140,000, coast guard officials said.

Baluchi explained to FOX 35 that he has raised lots of money in his efforts to successfully complete the trek, noting he refuses to give up on his dreams. "I’ll never give up my dream. They stop me four or five times but I never give up," said Baluchi.

Thumbnail courtesy of Flagler County Sheriff's Office.

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