Raleigh Man Using Cluster Balloons Ends Trans-Atlantic Quest

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A balloonist who was trying to cross the Atlantic Ocean using hundreds of helium-filled balloons is headed home to Raleigh after landing short of his goal in Newfoundland.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Friday that it used a helicopter to retrieve U.S. balloonist Jonathan Trappe from the remote area where he landed a night earlier.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Trappe reported having trouble controlling the balloons before setting down safely south of York Harbour on Thursday evening. He'd started the adventure about 12 hours earlier when he departed from Caribou, Maine.

Instead of using a conventional hot-air balloon, Trappe was using more than 300 helium-filled balloons, like those used in in the animated movie "Up."

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A balloonist who's making a trans-Atlantic crossing says he's landed at a remote location where he'll spend the night.

Jonathan Trappe, who lifted off Thursday using more than 300 helium-filled balloons, wrote on his Facebook page around 8:30 p.m. that he has landed safely. He says he'll stay there for the night. He didn't specify where.

Trappe's goal is to float across the ocean. He's using multicolored helium balloons instead of a conventional hot-air balloon.

The North Carolina native says on his website that the Atlantic Ocean has been crossed many times and in many ways, but "never quite like this."

About 150 volunteers assisted in filling the balloons starting Wednesday night. Trappe lifted off from a foggy softball field in northern Maine, near the Canadian border, at sunrise Thursday.

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