Balloon man lands safely

2013-04-06 14:08

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Matt Silver-Vallance has landed safely after floating from Robben Island to the mainland using 200 helium-filled balloons.

The navy sounded four foghorns to congratulate him for his achievement. Silver-Vallance carried out the stunt in an attempt to raise R10 million for the building of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital.

He took off from the island earlier today. Due to wind conditions, Silver-Vallance had to let the colourful array of balloons go as he was pulled in by sea rescue vessels and rubber ducks earlier than expected.

He fell onto a rubber duck not far from his target. He was meant to land beyond the breakers. He waved when he passed the SAS Umhloti carrying journalists that were tracking his journey.

During the day, the weather remained foggy with a slight drizzle. Earlier, take-off was delayed because the wind was blowing in the wrong direction and some balloons had popped.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.