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Man trying to cross channel on hoverboard falls into sea after 10 minutes The Independent

Man trying to cross channel on hoverboard falls into sea after 10 minutes   The Independent


Man trying to cross channel on hoverboard falls into sea after 10 minutes The Independent Try Independent Minds free for 1 month Franky Zapata plunged into water as he attempted to refuel mid flight A man attempting to cross the on a jet powered has failed after falling into the sea. plunged into the water about half way through his record breaking bid. The 40 year old one time jet ski champion missed a landing platform mounted on a boat as he tried to pause for a planned refuelling. It came about 10 minutes into what would have been a 20 minute crossing of the 22 mile stretch of water between Calais andSt Margarets Bay in Dover. A member of his team told that the waves, whipped up by an unusually strong wind, had caused the one metre square landing platform to shift slightly as Mr Zapata came down for the two minute pause. Were talking about a few centimetres, the crew member said. Its an enormous disappointment…but he will definitely try again. Mr Zapata, who is credited with inventing the flyboard, had been aiming to keep an average speed of 87mph while travelling at just 15 metres above the water. The challenge was taking place today to mark 110 years since Louis Blériot made the first plane flight across the Channel in 1909. Shortly before taking off, the adventurer had told reporters that making the crossing was “a boyhood dream”. He said: “We created a new way of flying. We dont use wings. You are like a bird, it is your body that is flying. It is a boyhood dream.” But he also warned, prophetically as it turned out, that the wind could make completing his journey more perilous and that success was not guaranteed. Mr Zapata received widespread attention following Frances annual Bastille Day parade in Paris earlier this month, when he took part in a military display on his flyboard. The device is powered by five jet engines and fuelled by kerosene kept in the riders backpack. Only the best news in your inbox Only the best news in your inbox Register with your social account or to log in You can find our Community Guidelines in full Create a commenting name to join the debate Create a commenting name to join the debate Create a commenting name to join the debate You can find our Community Guidelines in full Create a commenting name to join the debate Create a commenting name to join the debate Create a commenting name to join the debate Enter your email to follow new comments on this article. Are you sure you want to submit this vote? Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? Are you sure you want to delete this comment? Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? Try Independent Minds free for 1 month to access this feature. Find your bookmarks in your section, under my profile

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