A Florida man washed ashore inside a bubble-like vessel Saturday morning after an apparent attempt to walk on water.
Flagler County MPs have responded to calls from concerned citizens who spotted an unusual boat on a beach in the Hammock area, the Flagler County Sheriff said. The only passenger of the ship was discovered safely inside without any injuries.
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He told authorities he was heading to New York from the St. Louis area. Augustine before he encountered “complications” that brought him back to shore, the sheriff’s office said.
The sailor, identified as Reza Baluchi of Central Florida, told FOX35 Orlando that he was trying to run his floating bubble boat from Florida to Bermuda or travel north along the coast to raise money for charity.
“My goal is not to raise money just for the homeless, to raise money for the Coast Guard, to raise money for the police administration, to raise money for firefighters,” Baluchi told the station. “They’re in the public service, doing it for safety and helping other people.”
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Baluchi has been rescued several times in previous years after heading inside hydrological bubbles, the station reported.
After deputies found the boat on Saturday, the sheriff said the Coast Guard was called to the scene to take over the case and ensure the vessel and its user meet nautical safety standards.