Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater rescues man from hydro bubble east of St. Augustine, Fla

MIAMI — A man was rescued from his hydro pod bubble 70 nautical miles east of St. Augustine, Florida, by a Coast Guard search-and-rescue crew Saturday morning.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 7th District command center received a report of Reza Baluchi, a U.S. citizen, floating in an inflatable bubble who was reportedly disoriented and asking for directions to Bermuda Wednesday. The Coast Guard Cutter Webber arrived on scene, conveyed the dangers of his voyage and requested Baluchi terminate his trip due to the lack of supplies on board to sustain him.

On board, Baluchi had protein bars, bottled water, a GPS and a satellite phone.

After he refused to leave his raft, the watchstanders continued to monitor his movements until he activated his Personal Positioning Indicating Radio Beacon (PPIRB) Saturday morning due to fatigue. Coast Guard HC-130 and MH-60 aircrafts out of Air Station Clearwater, Florida, launched to begin searching for Baluchi with the assistance of an Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue System (AMVER) vessel, motor vessel Maersk Montana.

The MH-60 aircrew arrived on scene and safely hoisted Baluchi from his inflatable raft and transported him to Air Station Clearwater where emergency medical services evaluated him.

There were no reports of any injuries

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