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Oops - hot air balloon makes a splash in Bristol

A hot air balloon pilot found an unusual way to cool off in the hot weather - taking a quick dip in Bristol's harbourside.

The pilot had a near miss with the water on several occasions before finally landing with splash.

A crowd of onlookers gathered as the blue and yellow balloon precariously hovered above the floating harbour, many taking photos and videos on their phones.

But all was not lost as the skilled crew managed to swiftly raise the balloon after the wicker basket dipped into the water. As it came out of the harbour, people cheered as water pours from the bottom of the basket, before the balloon disappears once more into the sky.


Balloon entrepreneur honoured

The inventor of Cameron Balloons has been recognised in the New Years Honours List. Don Cameron who founded Cameron Balloons is made MBE. And TV presenter Kevin McCloud who lives near Frome also gets the MBE for his work on sustainable buildings.

Don Cameron (on the right) gets an MBE in the New Year's Honours List. Credit: PA

Experimental balloon found safe

A special, high-altitude balloon that went missing after being launched by school pupils in Somerset six months ago, has been found by a farm worker in a field in Nottinghamshire.

The Mars Balloon which is backed by the UK Space Agency was one of a pair launched in Frome, containing 140 student experiments.

Mars balloon Credit: ITV News West Country


Verdict in Balloon Death Inquest

Inexperience and flying at such high altitude were combining factors in the deaths of two Bristol men who died when their hot air balloon crashed in Somerset, according to the coroner at the inquest into their deaths.

Delivering a narrative verdict, Maria Voisin, at Flax Bourton Coroners Court, said Lee Pibworth and Allan Burnett were inexperienced with some of the equipment they were using and this played a part in the crash that led to their deaths in January last year.

Inquest hears how a balloon record attempt ended in disaster

An inquest heard the details of the moment a balloon carrying two men plummeted to the ground after attempting to break a high altitude record.

Lee Pipworth and Allan Burnett set off from Chelwood in Somerset, before they came down on a bowling green in Midsomer Norton on New Year's Day last year.

Eyewitnesses from several villages around the crash site have described how they saw the deflated balloon hurtling towards the ground. Richard Lawrence reports.

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