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Bermuda-bound bubble boy rescued by Coast Guard near Florida

The Bermuda Triangle holds a notorious reputation for swallowing up even the most intrepid of travelers -- just ask Amelia Earhart... because she's still alive and well. But the Bermuda Sphere? Well, actually, that's not even a thing. But one nutcase did try to run inside a bubble all the way from Florida to Bermuda last week, because Florida.

Except he failed.

Marathoner Reza Baluchi was en route to Bermuda from Miami in a plastic bubble when the Coast Guard came to his rescue on Oct. 4, pulling him from the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Clearwater, Florida.

On Oct. 1, when the Coast Guard first noticed the sea-sprinter, he was "reportedly disoriented and asking for directions to Bermuda". Concerned about his safety after realizing Baluchi had only brought bottled water, protein bars, a satellite phone, and GPS to fuel his journey, the Coast Guard tried to convince Baluchi to abandon his floating hamster wheel. He refused. 
 
Baluchi finally gave in to exhaustion over the weekend, setting off a locator that prompted Coast Guard aircrew to fly to his aid. A medical check-up at Air Station Clearwater confirmed Baluchi suffered no injuries.

Best part though, the dude wants his bubble back! It reportedly cost him $4,500 to make and was left adrift during the rescue, along with his wallet, passport, cell phone, and shoes. 

As USA Today notes, the bubble boy has something of a daredevil history, having previously run the perimeter of the U.S. and cycled around 55 countries.

Still, getting all the way to Bermuda is one he'll have to keep on the bucket list for now. Or, perhaps, his bubble list.

Chloe Pantazi is an editorial assistant on Thrillist's travel team. Yes, that's a British accent. No, she doesn't watch Doctor Who. Follow her on Twitter at @ChloePantazi.