N.C. balloonist tries to cross the Atlantic, falls short of goal

POSTED: 6:54 AM Dec 24 2013   UPDATED: 4:12 PM Sep 13 2013
Jonathan Trappe on balloon
YORK HARBOUR, NEWFOUNDLAND -

A Raleigh man who was trying to cross the Atlantic Ocean using hundreds of helium-filled balloons is headed home after landing short of his goal in Newfoundland.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Friday that it used a helicopter to retrieve U.S. balloonist Jonathan Trappe  from the remote area where he landed a night earlier.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Trappe, a 39-year-old IT project manager from Raleigh, reported having trouble controlling the balloons before setting down safely south of York Harbour Thursday evening. He'd started the adventure about 12 hours earlier when he departed from Caribou, Maine.

Instead of using a conventional hot-air balloon, Trappe was using more than 300 helium-filled balloons, like those used in in the animated movie "Up."