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French inventor fails while trying to cross the English Channel with the hoverboard



French inventor and former military reservist Franky Zapata was unsuccessful in his attempt to fly across the Channel on Thursday with a jet hoverboard.

Zapata, 40, started with a flyboard from the French coastal town of Sangatte. what he designed, strapped to his feet. He had hoped to reach St. Margaret's Bay in Dover, England in just 20 minutes over 35 km.

INVENTOR TO CROSS THE ENGLISH CHANNEL ON A JET-POWERED HOVERBOARD

Unfortunately, he fell halfway into the water trip after trying to refuel. The platform in the water on which he was to land swung too hard because of the waves, and he could not grasp them and finally fell into the water.

  People watch 40-year-old inventor Franky Zapata, in Sangatte, northern France, at the beginning of his attempt to cross the Channel from France to England. Thursday, July 25, 2019.

Franky Zapata, a 40-year-old inventor, is taking to the air in Sangatte, northern France, at the beginning of his attempt to cross the Channel from France to England. Thursday, July 25, 2019.

His wife, Christelle Zapata, told The Associated Press that he needed to be rescued by French divers, that he was fine now.

he traveled further than expected.

"He will do it again," she said. "He never leans back after a failure."

  Zapata was attached to his flyboard, a small flight platform he had invented, and launched (AP Photo / Michel Spingler)

Zapata was attached to his flyboard, a small flight platform he had invented and which he used Sangatte aus invented France's Pas de Calais region and flew to the Dover region of south-east England (AP Photo / Michel Spingler)

Zapata designed his own hoverboard powered by a rucksack full of kerosene.

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The stunt on Thursday was dedicated to the 110th anniversary of the first flight across the Channel, by French aviator Louis Bleriot on July 25, 1909. The beach on which Zapata launched on Thursday bears the name of Bleriot.

Previously, Zapata was impressed with a similar show in Paris on Bastille Day when he flyboarded over French President Emmanuel Macron and flew Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Associated Press has contributed to this report.


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