Raleigh Man Crosses English Channel Tied To Bunch Of Balloons

A North Carolina man has crossed the English Channel tied to a bundle of helium balloons.

Jonathan Trappe of Raleigh was strapped in a seat below a bright cluster of balloons when he lifted off early today from Kent, in southeast England.

After sailing above the water for several hours, Trappe lowered himself into a French field by cutting away some of his colorful collection.

Trappe told Sky News the crossing fulfilled a lifelong dream and that it was an "exceptional" experience.

The crossing is reminiscent of the animated film, "Up." In the movie, an elderly man attached hundreds of colored balloons to his house to fly away for an adventure -- though in his case he traveled to South America.


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  • by hillbilly on May 28, 2010 at 12:47 PM
    When he finds the SOB's that tied him to the chair while he was taking a nap, he's gonna get even!!!
  • by TRY THIS on May 28, 2010 at 09:26 AM
    FLY OVER NC MOUNTIANS.
  • by kristy Location: discount city on May 28, 2010 at 08:54 AM
    for all the negative feed back on this i have to say if it was somethingthe man really wanted to do then he achieved something personally in his life. can any of you say the same? a dream you wanted full filled. he is doing what he loves can u say the same?
  • by Patriot Location: Greenville on May 28, 2010 at 08:49 AM
    AWESOME!
  • by Ike on May 28, 2010 at 07:55 AM
    Who cares.
  • by Balloon Payment on May 28, 2010 at 06:58 AM
    Just what we need, another idiot to make North Carolina look bad. All they had to do is read WITNs comments section.
  • by Jim Location: SC on May 28, 2010 at 06:53 AM
    Obviously someone with entirely too much time on their hands....
  • by Anonymous on May 28, 2010 at 06:34 AM
    Why?
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