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Man arrested after trying to 'run across ocean' in hamster wheel



A US man has been arrested after attempting to "run to London" through the Atlantic Ocean in a homemade floating hamster wheel.

The 44-year-old man from Florida was intercepted by the US Coast Guard about 100km from Tybee Island, in the US state of Georgia, on August 26.

Reza Baluchi has tried to complete three similar voyages before, all of which were intercepted by the Coast Guard.

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The homemade vessel was built like a wheel with large inflated buoys propped around the outer rim. Paddles are used to propel it forward, making the contraption revolve in the water.

"Based on the condition of the vessel – which was afloat as a result of wiring and buoys – [US Coast Guard] officers determined Baluchi was conducting a manifestly unsafe voyage," the criminal complaint says.BBC.

Baluchi refused to step out of the contraption for three days and threatened to kill himself. He also claimed he had a bomb on board, according to the BBC.

The marathon runner eventually surrendered on September 1, abandoning his vessel at the Miami Coast Guard base.

Officials later confirmed that the bomb threat was illegitimate.

He is facing charges of obstruction of boarding and violation of a Captain of the Port.

Baluchi was previously arrested for taking his vessel, which he calls "the bubble", into the ocean after trying to "run" from Floria to New York in 2021.

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