Fog delays Robben Island Balloon Run

2013-04-06 09:53
Helium balloons are prepared for take-off ahead of an attempt to float from Robben Island to Cape Town for charity. (Matt Silver-Vallance, Twitter)

Helium balloons are prepared for take-off ahead of an attempt to float from Robben Island to Cape Town for charity. (Matt Silver-Vallance, Twitter)

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Robben Island balloon run

2013-04-03 14:21

Matt Silver-Vallance is waiting for the perfect weather conditions to travel from Robben Island to Cape Town using just helium balloons. Watch.WATCH

Cape Town - Foggy and icy weather conditions are prevailing along the Table Bay shoreline, ahead of Matt Silver-Vallance's pending attempt to float from Robben Island to Cape Town using helium balloons.

A navy vessel with journalists on board set sail from Table Bay harbour on Saturday morning to lend support to Silver-Vallance.

The SAS Mhloti, a mine hunter, will later capture Silver-Vallance's take-off and follow his trajectory from the Island to Blouberg.

Silver-Vallance is trying to raise money for the construction of the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital.

He will use 200 helium-filled balloons to try and pull off his mission.

Shortly after 09:30 on Saturday morning, he tweeted: "Waiting on wind speed to rise to +-18km per hour and mist to subside and then hopefully we are up and away! #RIBR"

Earlier, he tweeted: "Inflation team hard at work, filling 200 balloons with helium. These ain't your Spur balloons, kids."

A team of 25 people started the inflation process at 03:00 on Saturday morning.

The balloons are 15 metres in diameter, which organisers say is 12 storeys high.

Silver-Vallance's flying time from Robben Island to the mainland shore at Bloubergstrand is expected to be somewhere between 45 minutes and an hour.

It is believed several of his balloons have already burst, but organisers still think the daring mission will go ahead.

- For more information, visit the Balloon Run website.


- Are you there? Send us your eyewitness accounts and photos.

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