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Man arrested while trying to 'run' across the ocean in a hamster wheel

By T.K. Randall
September 7, 2023 · Comment icon 23 comments

Image Credit: Flagler County Sherriff Office
The man had been attempting to run across the entire Atlantic Ocean using a crude hamster wheel contraption.
We've seen a lot of madcap stunts over the years, this one pretty much takes the cake.

According to reports, 44-year-old marathon runner Reza Baluchi had decided to make history by running across the Atlantic from Florida to London using a home-made hamster wheel contraption.

The device (or 'vessel') was basically a cylindrical tube with paddles that made it possible for the occupant to effectively propel it across the surface of the water.

Impressively, given the circumstances, he managed to make it 70 miles out to sea before being stopped by the US Coast Guard off Tybee Island.
The strangeness didn't end there, though, as Baluchi refused to come out and even threatened to blow himself up with a bomb (which, as it turns out, didn't actually exist).

It took several days for him to finally give himself up.

This isn't the first time he's tried a stunt like this either - back in 2021 he was arrested while trying to go from Florida to New York, having had to be rescued after drifting 30 miles from the starting point.

He was also rescued on two earlier occasions during similar ocean-crossing attempts.

Source: BBC News | Comments (23)

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Comment icon #14 Posted by pallidin 7 months ago
So, what the heck would he do in high seas or a hurricane? What about fresh water? And I hope he likes fish meals for the 27 years it would take him to battle through the journey.  
Comment icon #15 Posted by bmk1245 7 months ago
Pee+rain can sustain for a while...
Comment icon #16 Posted by Berwen 7 months ago
Perhaps he could cycle to the nearest "looney bin"
Comment icon #17 Posted by Antigonos 7 months ago
One of the charges is obstruction of boarding. He falsely claimed he had a bomb on board to keep them away, then refused to leave his craft for three days. 
Comment icon #18 Posted by Antigonos 7 months ago
Not to mention being a hazard to all the local maritime traffic.
Comment icon #19 Posted by NCC1701 7 months ago
Wanted: 3000 hamsters for an ocean voyage project.
Comment icon #20 Posted by OverSword 7 months ago
What law was he breaking that he could be arrested for? 
Comment icon #21 Posted by Piney 7 months ago
A lot of vessel safety laws. Endangering shipping. Saying he had a bomb on board like @Antigonos said. 
Comment icon #22 Posted by Guyver 7 months ago
Good question.  Is he going to poop in the hamster wheel?  It seems like that could get really messy.
Comment icon #23 Posted by psyche101 7 months ago
Round and round..... LoL that creates a horrible mental image........ 

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