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Frenchman succeeds in bid to cross English Channel on a hoverboard

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French inventor Franky Zapata on Sunday succeeded in crossing the English Channel on a jet-powered hoverboard he designed, having abandoned a previous bid after failing to land on a refueling platform and falling into the sea.

The Frenchman was seen waving to onlookers before landing safely in Saint Margaret's Bay, very close to Dover on Britain's southern coast, according to French TV images.

“I just want to do it this time, we changed the boat, we took a bigger boat and built a bigger platform,” Zapata told a news conference on Saturday just outside the northern port of Calais.

“I hope to see you in England, for another press conference,” Zapata had told reporters at the conference. “I hope I will be drier than last time,” he added.