14 Sep 2013

Atlantic balloon boat bid fails

6:30 am on 14 September 2013

A bid by an American to float across the Atlantic to Europe in a rowboat suspended by a cluster of 370 helium balloons ended in failure after he was forced to land in the Canadian province of Newfoundland.

Balloon enthusiast Jonathan Trappe's flight ended late on Thursday before he even attempted the Atlantic crossing. He took off from Caribou, Maine.

"Landed safe, at an alternate location. Remote. ... Will stay here for the night," Trappe, 39, wrote on his Facebook page.

Trappe has previously flown cluster balloons over the English Channel and the Alps. He had expected to cross to Europe or North Africa in three to six days, depending on the weather.