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Friday, August 19, 2016

Coast Guard rescues Florida 'Bubble Man' for the third and probably last time

Posted By on Fri, Aug 19, 2016 at 11:59 AM

click to enlarge PHOTO COURTESY OF U.S. COAST GUARD
  • Photo courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard
Reza Baluchi, an endurance athlete who's lifelong goal is to reach Bermuda via a giant homemade bubble, was rescued for the third and probably last time. 

Baluchi's goal is to float 3,500 miles to the Devil's Isles, which he says will take somewhere between 21 and 45 days.



Last July, the 44-year-old Pompano Beach resident was stopped by the U.S. Coast Guard about 90 miles off the coast, and threatened to kill himself if they didn't allow him to proceed. He was then committed to a psychiatric hospital in Jacksonville for evaluation under the Florida Mental Health Act, also known as the Baker Act, reports The Sun Sentinel

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says Baluchi held a knife to his chest when authorities approached him. 

Yesterday, Baluchi told the Sun Sentinel he never threatened to kill himself.

The first time Baluchi tried his bubble stunt was in 2014, which resulted with him being rescued 70 miles off the coast of Florida by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Back in April, Baluchi, who calls himself "Captain Bubble" made a second attempt, however a strong wind pushed him back to shore

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