DID YOU SEE? Man arrested off Tybee coast after attempting to cross Atlantic in ‘human hamster wheel’

Updated September 8, 2023 at 3:40 p.m.

A man who was attempting to cross the Atlantic Ocean from Florida to Britain was arrested just off the coast of Tybee last week, the Daily Mail reports.

Reza Baluchi, 51, was detained after traveling 70 miles following a three-day standoff with the U.S. Coast Guard. The vessel was intercepted on Aug. 28 and Baluchi was brought ashore by Sept. 1.

The “hamster wheel” consists of a metal drum with paddles on either side of the contraption that can float, which allows him to run across the surface of the water — something that the Coast Guard would refer to as “conducting a manifestly unsafe voyage.”

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Published September 8, 2023 at 4:00 a.m.

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