Frenchman Franky Zapata has fallen into the water during his attempt to cross the English Channel on a jet-powered hoverboard.
Zapata overlooked a landing platform mounted onto a ship as he strove to refuel half way across the Channel. He is not hurt.
“It Is a massive disappointment. He left his rendez-vous with the refuelling boat but he must have missed the stage by just a few centimetres,” a member of his technical team said.
“We practised this manoeuvre dozens of times in heavier seas, with programs that moved more, with no problems.
“It was not the end, it was the waves. The stage was just two metres above the deck, each movement of the ship is exaggerated.”
Zapata, who’s widely called the”flying soldier”, was producing his effort on the 110th anniversary of the first powered flight between Britain and France.
Louis Bleriot was the first person to cross the channel in a heavier-than-air aircraft in 1909. The beach that Zapata removed from bears Bleriot’s name.
He had expected to reach Dover in roughly 20 minutes, flying On a hoverboard he had designed himself to 87 miles per hour, at an altitude of between 15 and 20 metres.
He shot off from Sangatte, France, at 07:06 GMT, carrying about 42 litres of kerosene in his back pack, and disappeared from spectators’ view within moments.
However, minutes after his team announced he’d failed to land on the boat to take on more fuel.
Zapata, A winner on jetski-powered waterboards, steers his craft by leaning backward or forward and controllers thrust using a throttle connected to his 1500 horsepower board.
He wowed crowds on July 14 Bastille Day, Flying over a military parade on Paris’ Place de la Concorde in the Existence of German Chancellor and French President Emmanuel Macron Angela Merkel.