Crossing the channel: Pioneers who found new ways over the water


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Jonathan Trappe, who became the first man to cross the English channel using a cluster of helium balloons, is the latest in a long list of pioneers to find new ways of travelling between Britain and France. Here are a few of the more original.

FIRST CROSSING ON FOOT
In May 1994 Daly Thompson became the first man to walk across the channel when he joined a group of around 50 charity fundraisers to make the crossing in the newly constructed channel tunnel.
FIRST CROSSING BY PEDALO
On the 22nd May 2002 Paul Tucker became the first man to cross the channel in a pedalo in a time of 14 hours. Not content with that effort, Mr Tucker quickly turned around and made the return journey to Folkestone. The former Army major was raising money for the Royal British Legion.
FIRST CROSSING BY WINGSUIT
On the 31st July 2003 Felix Baumgartner became the first man to cross the channel by Wing-suit in a time of only 6 mins. Baumgartner had to use an oxygen cylinder after jumping out of a plane at 30,000ft achieving a top speed of 250mph.
FIRST CROSSING BY BATHTUB
On the 17th May 2007 Tim FitzHigham became the first man to row across the channel in a bathtub in a time of 9hrs 6mins. It was the second attempt that the comedian had made and in completing the attempt he raised £10,000 for Comic Relief
– News Story

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    Ammara said,

    hehehehehe
    bathtub:D


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