The man was in some sort of huge hamster wheel, with floating buoys at the ends. According to local media, it would be Reza Baluchi, a resident of Florida. That writes The Guardian.
The Coast Guard was called after the man washed up on a beach in Flagler County on Florida’s east coast.
“The man said he left yesterday from a place about 50 kilometers north of us,” said a Coast Guard spokesman. “However, he ran into some problems along the way and washed ashore here.”
According to local media, the man planned to walk 1600 kilometers by sea and arrive in New York. However, he was drifting in the wrong direction. “The Coast Guard has arrived to assess whether the man’s vessel complies with the guidelines,” said the spokesman.
‘Follow your dreams’
Baluchi himself told local media that with his campaign he wanted to raise money for the homeless, the coastguard, police and firefighters. “They are in public service, they do it for safety and they help other people,” he said. “I want to show people that they should do what they want. Don’t listen to anyone, follow your dreams.”
Among other things, a navigation system from Baluchi is said to have been stolen, causing him problems on the way. The man planned to survive on muesli bars, tuna, filtered seawater and chewing gum during his trip to ‘combat seasickness’. He is said to have made preparations for the trip several years ago.