February 19, 2020

Frenchman in flyboard crossing bid falls in Channel, rescued: team


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Franky Zapata stands on his jet-powered “flyboard” as he takes off from Sangatte, northern , attempting to fly across the 35-kilometre (22-mile) Channel crossing in 20 minutes, on July 25, 2019. (Photo by AFP)

A daredevil French inventor on Thursday failed in his attempt to fly across the Channel from France to Britain standing on a jet-powered “flyboard”, having to be rescued after falling into the sea, his team said.

Franky Zapata, 40, a former jet-skiing champion, took off successfully from Sangatte in northern France but then fell into the Channel during a tricky mid-sea refuelling stop, a member of his team told AFP.

The ambitious crossing comes 110 years to the day after pioneer Louis Bleriot made the first airplane flight across the Channel on July 25, 1909.

(Source: AFP) 

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