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Guy in 'bubble' fails again to make trip to Bermuda

Coast Guard tows 'hydropod' back to shore after rescue

MIAMI -- A Florida man trying to reach Bermuda again in an inflatable bubble agreed to be voluntarily rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Mark Barney said that long-distance runner Reza Baluchi was picked up on Sunday and his "hydropod" is being towed back to shore.

Baluchi took off from Miami on Saturday despite getting an April 15 letter from the Coast Guard warning him not to depart. The Coast Guard said it had looked at Baluchi's plan and determined it to be unsafe.

The letter, which the Coast Guard posted on Twitter, said that Baluchi could be fined up to $40,000 or confined for up to seven years if he ignored the order.

The rescue of Baluchi in 2014 cost authorities $144,000.

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