Sir Richard Branson will try again today to set two world records by kite-surfing across the Channel - 24 hours after being forced to abort his initial bid.
The 61-year-old Virgin tycoon wants to be the oldest person to cross and also break the record set by his son Sam for the fastest crossing.
Richard Branson has had to turn back to France due to a kite problem. But the other 10 members of the group, led by Richard's son, Sam, are still on course.
According to Branson HQ, Richard is still deciding whether to make another attempt with second kite.
Virgin boss, Richard Branson, 61, is attempting to become the oldest person to cross the English Channel riding a kite today.
The official record for the English Channel cross was set on September 17th, 1999, with a 2 hours and 30 minutes mark.
The ships involved were the Gas Arctic, a Malta-registered gas tanker on passage from Tees to Portland, with 14 crew aboard, and the Spring Bok, a cargo ship, registered in the Netherlands, on passage from Amsterdam to Aruba in the Caribbean, with 22 crew aboard.
Dover Coastguard requested the launch of the Dungeness all weather lifeboat and asked for assistance from HMS Tyne. Phil Davies from Dover Coastguard says: “The vessels have both incurred damage above the water line but are fully capable of making their way to Portland where they will be inspected.”
Two ships on passage in the Dover Strait collided in poor visibility this morning. The ‘Gas Arctic’ tanker was on passage from Tees to Portland, with 14 crew aboard. The ‘Spring Bok’ cargo ship was on passage from Amsterdam to Oranjestad, Aruba, with 22 crew aboard.
There are reports that two ships have collided in the Channel. Dover Coastguard say the crash happened 6 miles off the coast of Dungeness. There were no fatalities.