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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