Coast Guard unimpressed with man crossing ocean in a bubble
Monday, April 25, 2016, 3:25 PM - Ray "Reza" Baluchi is facing thousands of dollars in fines for violating an order from the U.S. Coast Guard to cancel his plan to 'run' from Florida to Bermuda in the ocean in a giant 'hydropod'.
His 2014 attempt to complete the 1,600 journey ended in a $140,000 rescue after he lost his GPS, the Sun Sentinel reports.
Baluchi could be charged for the cost of the rescue, along with $40,000 in fines for violating the order.
#BreakingNews Baluchi's 2014 attempt placed enormous financial burden on taxpayers for his rescue. He was recently ordered not to depart.— USCGSoutheast (@USCGSoutheast) April 24, 2016
#BreakingNews: HydroPod voyage from Miami to Bermuda had recently been determined to be manifestly unsafe.— USCGSoutheast (@USCGSoutheast) April 24, 2016
Baluchi was two days into his five-month journey when he was intercepted near Fort Pierce, Florida on Sunday.
The Coast Guard spotted Baluchi early Sunday morning and followed him to "ensure his safety and to prevent other vessels from colliding with the hydro pod," according to a Coast Guard news release.
Baluchi voluntarily ended his trip and was towed back to shore aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Gannet.
Sources: Twitter | Sun Sentinel
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