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DOVER, England — An inventor’s attempt to cross the stretch of water between France and England on a hoverboard ended in failure Thursday after he plunged into the sea.

Franky Zapata’s flying start came to an abrupt end some 11 miles into his journey across the English Channel when he fell into the water after stopping to refuel, according to Stephane Denis who helped organize the attempt.

The former jet ski champion was not injured but will not attempt to cross the Channel again on Thursday, Denis said. He is expected to try it again soon.

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