Gallery: Cape Town balloon flight a success

A paraglide team scouts ahead to check on weather conditions before Matt Silver-Vallance's helium balloon flight. eNCA/Roderick Macleod Photo: eNCA/Roderick Macleod
Lift off! Matt Silver-Vallance is released into sky and immediately hits speeds of 10m/sec. He has to pop balloons in order to level out. eNCA/Roderick Macleod Photo: eNCA/Roderick Macleod
Matt Silver-Vallance communicates with his team below. Using bags filled with water, he is able to control his height above the ocean. eNCA/Roderick Macleod Photo: eNCA/Roderick Macleod
The remaining balloons are cut loose with a pair scissors. The balloons carried Matt Silver-Vallance in a daring flight from Robben Island to Sunset Beach. eNCA/Roderick Macleod Photo: eNCA/Roderick Macleod
Mission accomplished. Matt Silver-Vallance lands safely on board his support boat after a daring helium balloon flight from Robben Island to Sunset Beach. eNCA/Roderick Macleod Photo: eNCA/Roderick Macleod

Western Cape - A Cape Town man has become the 13th person in the world to fly using helium balloons.


Matt Silver-Vallance has described the experience as scarier than he had anticipated. After almost an hour in the air, he landed safely, saying he was just glad to be alive.

Silver-Vallance’s stunt was an attempt to raise R10 million for the building of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital. R70, 000 had been raised by the end of his flight.

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