Flyboarding Frenchman crosses English Channel

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Franky Zapata stands on his jet-powered "flyboard" after he took off from Sangatte, northern FranceImage copyright
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Franky Zapata set off from Sangatte on Sunday morning

French inventor Franky Zapata has made the first-ever successful Channel crossing on a jet-powered flyboard.

Mr Zapata, 40, took off from Sangatte, near Calais, at 06:17 GMT on Sunday and landed in St Margaret’s Bay in Dover.

The board’s five turbines, powered by kerosene, propel him to speeds of up to 118 mph (190km/h).

Mr Zapata, a former jet-ski champion, had failed in his first attempt to cross the Channel on 25 July after complications with refuelling.

For this latest attempt, a larger boat and refuelling platform were used during the 22-mile (35.4km) journey over the Strait of Dover.

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Media captionInventor Franky Zapata gets the Bastille Day parade off to a flying start

Mr Zapata received widespread attention during the annual Bastille Day parade in Paris last month, when he took part in a military display on his futuristic flyboard.

The invention, which is about the size of a skateboard. The kerosene fuel is stored in the rider’s backpack.



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