Reza Baluchi Placed In Psychiatric Hospital In US

August 21, 2016

Reza Baluchi — who keeps trying to travel from Florida to Bermuda in a bubble — was reportedly committed to a Jacksonville psychiatric hospital under the Florida Mental Health Act after making his third attempt at the 1,000 mile journey.

In his effort to avoid the Coast Guard, Mr Baluchi tried to begin his latest attempt from international waters, so had his bubble towed offshore to begin his journey, however the Coast Guard stopped him for the third time.

He initially refused to leave his bubble, and once he did and got on the Coast Guard ship, the crew reportedly “slapped handcuffs on him” and transported him a psychiatric hospital. He has now been released.

This is Mr Baluchi’s third attempt, his first attempt in 2014 resulted in him being rescued by the Coast Guard after being found disoriented and asking for directions to Bermuda.

He made his second attempt in April 2016, and was stopped by the Coast Guard who said it was an “inherently unsafe voyage attempt.”

The Coast Guard stopping Mr Baluchi on his second attempt back in April:

Coast Guard Bubble Man April 2016

The Sun Sentinel reports, “During his latest attempt, Coast Guard officials said Baluchi, 44, ‘pulled out a knife, held it to his chest’ and threatened to kill himself if they didn’t let him continue his journey, according to a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office report.

“When Baluchi was interviewed by Jacksonville authorities, he denied ever putting a knife to his chest. Reached by phone Thursday, Baluchi said: ‘Why would I want to kill myself? I am a survivor.’

“During the interview with authorities, Baluchi said that when the Coast Guard warned him he could die inside his bubble, he said he ‘was prepared to die’ for his cause — raising money for abused children.”

“Jacksonville authorities determined he posed a danger to himself and took him to Jacksonville Medical Health Resource Center. He was released shortly thereafter.

“Baluchi was about 90 miles off the coast of Jacksonville when the Coast Guard ended his trip. He said they shot at his buoyancy balls and sank his bubble.”

BrowardPalmBeach report, “On July 9, the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Robert Yered cut short Baluchi’s attempt to become the first person to run 1,000 miles across the sea.

“It was the third time in two years authorities had foiled the Iranian-born extreme athlete’s plan to make history. Afterward, authorities sank his bubble, returned him to shore in handcuffs, and committed him to a psychiatric hospital.”

Earlier this year, the Coast Guard sent Mr Baluchi formal correspondence [PDF] saying 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 U.S. Coast Guard has reportedly spent more than $200,000 on the three rescue attempts, and in their warning letter, the Coast Guard told Mr Baluchi he “placed an enormous financial burden on the taxpayers.”

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  1. aceboy says:

    That is where he belongs. Did he even check the weather? Did he notice we have a Tropical Storm heading our way? Well done Coast Guard.

    • Toodle-oo says:

      I think you’re right . This guy definitely needs to be protected from himself.
      I wonder how he stores the food and water he needs for such a trip ? If that thing turns on its side , which it surely will , how dies he right it again ?

      Anyway , Fiona is just a little breeze , not that that thing could handle it , but look at what’s coming around mid-week !

      • Onion Juice says:

        And you guys supported him last time.

        • Toodle-oo says:

          As per usual , you’re wrong .

          • TO:Toodle-oo….’Onion Juice is 100%correct.

            • Toodle-oo says:

              And two peas in a pod . What’s it like being wrong just as much as spunk bubble is ? Not fun , eh ?

              You will find no references of support from me , or I dare say aceboy , anywhere on line .

              But I know you won’t even bother looking . Go babble your s**t somewhere else .

              • To Toodle-oo:
                Apparently, your opinion is just as crazy as the fool in the bubble.
                Interestingly enough, he is placed in a psychiatric facility overseas.
                Perhaps, M.A.W.I.does not have the facility to meet his mental needs.
                Looks like he exhibits cave-like behaviours.
                Not sure.

                • Toodle-oo says:

                  I cant figure out what you’re trying to accomplish here . Mind you , it is the way of your submissions all over the internet elsewhere .

                  We both agree that the guy is some sort of nutter and is mindlessly putting others lives at risk trying to do this and should be stopped , so what is it you’re trying to get at ?
                  If my opinion is crazy then so is yours .
                  Get it ?

            • Zevon says:

              Nope. Find a quote from toodle-oo that in any way supported him.
              You can’t because it doesn’t exist.

              If you had any ‘backbone’ you would admit you’re wrong. But admitting things like that is culturally difficult for certain sectors of Bermuda isn’t it.

              • Good for you, Zevon. There are vast cultutal differences here. Sickos vs. the healthy!!

                • innna says:

                  dun you are not well invertebrate… you just made up that these people supported him the first time because it conveniences you, you never went back to check or else you would post the quote here…. its fine to do that on this sort of silly subject but so often its something more important where you just manufacture info to support your beliefs

        • 100% agreement here!!!

        • aceboy says:

          I have always said the man is a lunatic and have never ever supported him. Stop lying.

    • Ally says:

      My money’s on him not checking the weather, but then again the first time he attempted it was the week before Fay so maybe he figures that tropical systems would help speed hom along!

    • Umm says:

      So i guess all of you can’t read. He tried this back in July. Really wish people would read before they coment.
      BrowardPalmBeach report, “On July 9, the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Robert Yered cut short Baluchi’s attempt to become the first person to run 1,000 miles across the sea.

      • aceboy says:

        It makes no difference. The idea to try it even without an actual storm bearing down is suicide. A squall would push him, the currents will push him. He only made it about 70 miles before the CG picked him up the first time, already suffering from exhaustion and asking for directions to Bermuda. He had over 1,000 miles to go at THAT point.

  2. Blind sheep says:

    Read in between the lines people.

    • Explain says:

      Hi..can you elaborate? What’s in between the lines?

  3. I Disagree says:

    The Coast Guard is completely wrong on this. He is not a waste of taxpayers money, the endless wars on terror and military funding are a waste of taxpayers funds. I think most Americans wouldn’t mind the expense if Reza’s suicide mission was televised. “The Ocean Hamster” live tonight on Discovery.

  4. Niner3Zero says:

    This guy is a menace… As the new sheriff in Bermuda’s waters, I have confidence in my US maritime enforcement colleagues. If he was able to slip past them, I would have been the first line of defense and politely taken him into protective custody. We are a land (and sea) of laws and I don’t stand for law breakers. Following in my predecessors foot steps, I shall enforce all laws from parking laws at Barrs Bay to obscure maritime laws to keep us all safe.

  5. JohnBoy says:

    Some people will do whatever it takes to get to Bermuda. I guess they burst his bubble.

  6. N/A says:

    Locking him up for living his dream?? Yup that seems like America to me. If he volunteered to go to a senseless war (which is even more dangerous), he’d be called a hero by America. But that’s none of my business. (Sips tea)

  7. drunken ursula says:

    would have been a great photo up for the milkman..

  8. Dude says:

    Did they really have to shoot his balls though?

    On a serious note, too bad he didn’t have the right support system to help him achieve his dream. I would have liked to see him finish the journey. Seems less useless than flying to space, and definitely less expensive!

  9. Triangle Drifter says:

    USCG should have let him continue. One more specimen removed from the shallow end of the gene pool.

    • Terry says:

      Well your still drifting around drifter.

    • PBanks says:

      Yeah but you’d still have his watercraft bobbing around and eventually becoming more ocean pollution

  10. Golden child says:

    You guys are really funny !!! The ocean hamster hey? I can’t stop laughing. That’s a good one. is he a teddy bear, dwarf or albino

  11. That is what should have been done the first time.
    Must have been a preference thing.

  12. takbir Sharrieff says:

    Thruppence short of a shilling ,or two cents short of a dollar,definetly,a physco needing a lot of professional help.And not on taxpayers money either ,on the money that he uses for his harebrained schemes…..

    • To takbir Sharrieff:
      Good!! We share the same view.
      The man is crazy!!!
      It is exactly what it is…. He is a sicko.

    • Come Correct says:

      I guess it easy to hate on people when you devoutly believe you’ll have 72 virgins waiting for you lol. People have died at sea since our existence began, let the guy go kill himself without spending hundreds of thousands to stop him. The US want to rid 90% of the world’s population anyway.

      Yes I know I’m just another conspiracy theorist to you so if you think that just Google search this number, don’t get back to me, and fix your view on life lol.

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  13. Real Deal says:

    This is so sad news coming from The Land Of The “Free”

    There has to be something more to this.
    They want to stop the one man from doing this so badly something dose not add up.

    • Oldgaffer says:

      USCG is obligated to rescue/respond to situations in US waters. Has nothing to do with wanting to ‘stop’ or ‘limit’ his free expression or free idiocy in the ‘land of the free’ – go soak your head. Every response like this costs thousands of taxpayer dollars. And leave irresponsible and irrelevant references to ‘illegal wars’ out of it – totally unrelated. Do all Bermudians aim for the genitals in fist-fights? A bit cowardly. This really has been a missed opportunity. This looner is providing magnificent entertainment, it should be televised globally. At least that way we’d get some of our money back or spent usefully.

  14. clearasmud says:

    They did not stop the guy who jumped out of a plane without a parachute and I bet there were people who thought he was crazy the first time he did it too!

    • scoob says:

      yeah, wouldn’t have taken any money to “rescue” him if it had gone wrong though…