Strange Things Happen In The Bermuda Triangle, Like A Man Running There In An Inflatable Bubble

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Lauren Burgoon
Well, that’s one way to avoid airline baggage fees.

It’s more than 1,000 miles from Miami to Bermuda as the crow flies – or, in the case of Reza Baluchi, as the bubble floats.

The U.S. Coast Guard plucked Baluchi from the ocean after the man tried to run to Bermuda in an inflatable bubble, like the kind Akon crowd surfs with at concerts.

Fortunately for Baluchi, the Coast Guard already had an eye on his strange trip. Officers had spotted him days before and asked him to abandon his 1,000-mile quest because he was unprepared.

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Baluchi reportedly had just protein bars, a GPS and bottled water aboard his bubble. He refused to abandon ship – er, bubble.

On Saturday, he activated an emergency beacon and the Coast Guard swooped in 70 nautical miles off of St. Augustine, Florida. That means Baluchi managed to bobble and float his way for 80 miles before his trip was scuttled.

He was, unsurprisingly, treated for exhaustion, but otherwise uninjured. The Coast Guard filmed his rescue from the bubble. 

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This isn’t Baluchi’s first tango with his inflatable bubble. He reportedly ran from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney, California, a trip of 135 miles, inside his bubble before, and from Huntington Beach to Catalina Island, a trip captured on YouTube.