I AM sad to report that Stephane Rousson's attempt to cross the Channel slung beneath a pedal-powered helium balloon has failed - just 11 miles from his landing spot in France.
A change in the direction of the wind meant he was not able to continue and he was eventually brought ashore by one of his support ships.
Stephane Rousson set off this morning from Kent after waiting for the perfect weather conditions, only to be thwarted three-quarters of the way through the trip.
He said that he was unsure if he would be able to attempt another crossing but was confident in his machinery as it had not malfunctioned and it was just the wind that blocked a successful trip.
His attempt came just 48-hours after Fusion Man jetted across the Channel strapped to a carbon fibre wing and powered by four kerosene engines.
It's a shame that both men weren't able to celebrate a successful crossing of the Channel, which still draws adventurers today as it has done over the years.