‘Bubble Man’ Will Try Again Despite Warning

April 28, 2016

Despite the U.S. Coast Guard ordering him not to undertake the journey and stopping his last attempt, Reza Baluchi is apparently still planning to try to travel from Florida to Bermuda in a bubble again next month – according to a report from NBC’s Today.

The Coast Guard has already told Mr Baluchi he is “not authorized to depart” and “violation of this order may result in criminal penalties of up to 7 years confinement and a $40,000 fine.”

The Coast Guard stopping Mr Baluchi earlier this week:

Coast Guard Bubble Man April 2016

Reza Baluchi has already attempted to make the journey on two occasions, with his first attempt in 2014 resulting in him being rescued by the Coast Guard, when he was reportedly found in a disoriented state and asking for directions to Bermuda.

The rescue mission in 2014 cost the Coast Guard more than $140,000, and in their warning letter sent this year, the Coast Guard told Mr Baluchi he “placed an enormous financial burden on the taxpayers to conduct a rescue.”

He then attempted again earlier this month, and was stopped by the Coast Guard, who said it was an “inherently unsafe voyage attempt.”

NBC’s Today reports that Mr Baluchi said “he can do it next month” and also notes that the Coast Guard has said Mr Baluchi could clear the trip if he found a support vessel to travel with him, so he is “currently looking into ways to meet the Coast Guard’s requirements, including getting help from major sponsors.”

The correspondence from the Coast Guard to Mr. Reza Baluchi follows below [PDF here]:

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  1. archy says:

    Oh for goodness sake – can someone just put a pin in it?

  2. There should be laws in place to FINE HIM for GROSS STUPIDITY and no common sense.

  3. Doug says:

    this guy is a special sort of dumb

    • Terry says:

      That’s what they said about Columbus………………….

      • sage says:

        And they were right.

        • Mark says:

          Get your own pen name punk.

        • Ahh Terry, Columbus was trying a new route to East India and ended up in de Americas lost (which is how we get Native American Indian) but is credited for (discovering America), how the F!@# can you discover something that has been inhabited for thousands of years before you arrive.
          To add injury to insult, the discovery of the Olmec colossal (Negroid) heads on the Gulf Coast of Mexico are proved to be dated at least 1000 years BC.
          Europeans just now how to F!@# up History !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Commodore JB of BBIRYC says:

    Nothing corrodes my zinc more than a reckless wannabe mariner. Lunatics like this put us real yachtsmen at risk. I have been involved in countless maritime rescues but I would not be venturing out to rescue this nut job. Niner3zero is a new sherif in our waters and hopefully he can assist in preventing this guy from setting off. One only has to look at non Mariners to realize we don’t need any more lunatics on our waters.

    • Maybe he wants to join up with de other nut cases of non-mariners in Bermuda.

    • Pepe says:

      Nothing corrodes my zinc? Thats a new one, or is it a science pun?

      • Toodle-oo says:

        If you’re not a serious yachtsman like Commodore JB it doesn’t make sense explaining .
        I suggest instead you google ‘galvanic corrosion’

  5. Coffee says:

    Kinda reminds me of a certain politician who’s stumbling down the runway for a new airport .

    • aceboy says:

      Well, the PLP couldn’t get it done, at double the price.

  6. Triangle Drifter says:

    Oh let him go!! There are no limits to stupidity. Let this guy find out for himself.

  7. Gabriel says:

    Its a little bit early for the non-mariners race isn’t it?

  8. Sara Sargasso says:

    This guy is an irresponsible idiot.

  9. Its me again says:

    Why doesnt the BTA jump on this project?

    I mean its an awesome almost impossible feat. Arent they rebranding our tourism product anyway? They should be reaching out to this man and assisting with engineering, navigation and planning. They could turn it into a reality tv show even, am I the only one that sees the dollars in this?

  10. Joonya says:

    Oh for Chrise sake, just let him do his thing. If he drowns, one less idiot on the planet to worry about.

    • PBanks says:

      Have a weird feeling if that was to happen, someone would find a way to sue the Coast Guard and rake in millions.

  11. Unbelievable says:

    The Bermuda Tourism Authority should be taking advantage of this.

  12. serioulsy..... says:

    someone should put this man out of his misery….
    or at least fine him when he costs everyone thousands of dollars.

  13. hmmm says:

    Those of you who challenged this man’s determination have most likely never stepped beyond your four walls of safety. This gentleman has had Bermuda on the US news, made people look up how far he had to go and where Bermuda is…..I wish him all the luck in achieving his goal.

  14. jt says:

    He’s finally using his head. It’s crazy enough to attract attention and therefore sponsors. If he has a support boat what’s the issue? Good luck!

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