French inventor Franky Zapata will try again to traverse the English Channel on a flying board after his first attempt failed at the halfway mark.

The 40-year-old’s wife, Christele, said he will retry the 22.4-mile journey on Sunday from the French town of Sangatte to an area near Dover in England.

Last week, on his first attempt, Mr Zapata crashed into a refuelling boat 12 miles into the trip.

This time, his wife said he will use a larger boat for the refuelling stop in the hope that it will make landing easier.

The inventor has had to build a new board, a customised version of the Flyboard his company sells for water sports.

The engine is fuelled by paraffin he carries in a backpack, with his feet fastened to the board.


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