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Franky Zapata crashes in the water and tries to cross the English Channel on Hoverboard. NPR



Franky Zapata, a 40-year-old inventor, blows up Thursday in Sangatte, northern France, as he tries to cross the Channel from France to England.

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Franky Zapata, a 40-year-old inventor, blows up Thursday in Sangatte, northern France, as he tries to cross the Channel from France to England.

Michel Spingler / AP

A French daredevil, known for his souped-up hoverboard, attempted to slip across the English Channel on Thursday – but he ended up in the soup. Franky Zapata's jet-powered apparatus sent him into the water as he tried to fill more than half of the canal.

At a press conference, Zapata said it was worth while to push his body, even though the mission was cut short in the air, perhaps better prepared for his next attempt.

He planned to cross the Channel of Northern France to Southern England in just 20 minutes on his "Flyboard" at an average speed of nearly 90 miles per hour. However, halfway through the ride, he crashed into the water.

The board was unable to make up for uneven waves as Zapata attempted to land aboard a tank boat on a platform and plunge him into the water.

So we fell, "Zapata said." We're sad about that. "

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But the world will see him try again, maybe in" a few days, "Zapata said 40-year-old former jet-ski champion reporter.

His hoverboard could be repaired, he said, and he sustained no major injuries – just a scratch on his arm.

Earlier this month, Zapata fainted the public in Paris On his hoverboard, carrying a rifle and appearing as a sort of space soldier.

Although his ambitious new flight was a television spectacle, Zapata said he had always targeted the English Channel. And though he was struck down by turbulent waves, he told reporters that he had a moving experience over the water.

"The sensation is amazing," Zapata said It was like flying in a dream. It was an incredible sensation. "He added," Not scary at all. "

He planned his eagerly awaited flight on the occasion of the very first voyage of the French aviator Louis Bleriot across the Channel in 1909.

" Today Tomorrow everything was perfect, everything was smooth, "Zapata said," but the boat was too small, the water was too much waves. "


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