Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Ballooning Priest's Body Found Floating

The body of a 41-year old Catholic priest who was attempting to set a new world record has been identified in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Brazil.

Father Adelir Antonio de Carli lifted off in April, strapped to 1000 brightly-colored balloons. He was trying to set a new world record while also raising money for charity. The world record for flying by balloons was 19 hours. Father de Carli had successfully completed a similar trip of over 70 miles.

He ran into trouble trying to land when errant winds blew him out to sea. His body was found by chance when a tugboat came across it.

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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