Man Using Cluster of Balloons Fails to Cross Ocean

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

YORK HARBOR, Newfoundland (AP) - Jonathan Trappe isn't flying to Europe after all -- at least, not this time.

He took off from Maine yesterday in a yellow lifeboat attached to hundreds of helium-filled balloons, hoping to become the first to cross the Atlantic that way. But by evening, he was having trouble controlling the balloons, and he landed in the Canadian province of Newfoundland. He touched down safely and required no medical attention. And he told local officials he would be hiking out of the remote area where he landed, and would make arrangements to remove his equipment.

After he landed, he posted on Facebook, "This doesn't look like France."

Trappe has used cluster balloons before -- lifting a make-believe house with them to emulate the character in the animated Disney-Pixar movie "Up." And in 2010, he crossed the English Channel that way.

He was riding in a lifeboat this time, in case he ditched in the ocean.

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