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'Flying Man' crosses the English Channel

French inventor Franky Zapata takes off on a Flyboard for a second attempt to cross the English channel, Aug 4, 2019. [Photo/Agencies]

French inventor Franky Zapata has made the first successful crossing of the English Channel on a jet-powered hoverboard, on his second attempt Sunday morning, landing in St Margaret's Bay in Dover, England from Sangatte, near Calais in France.

The trip took a total of 22 minutes -- with one refueling stop in the middle on a boat.

The 40-year-old failed in his first attempt to cross the English Channel on July 25 after he crashed into a refueling boat and fell into the water.

Franky Zapata (right) prepares to cross the English Channel from Sangatte, France, to Saint Margaret's Bay, the UK, on a jet-powered flyboard he designed Aug 4, 2019. [Photo/IC]

Sunday's successful crossing used a larger boat to make the landing easier.

The hoverboard can reach speeds of up 118 mph (190 km/h) and has five turbines that are powered by kerosene stored in his backpack.

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