Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Sailor and Adventurer Steve Fossett: Missing

US adventurer Steve Fossett, who piloted the first non-stop solo balloon flight around the world and repeated the feat in an airplane and yachting is missing after taking off in a light plane in the western state of Nevada, a spokesman said Tuesday. Search crews were looking for Fossett, 63, by air and land in a rugged area covering hundreds of square miles in Nevada and California, Nevada state rescue official Gary Derks said.

"It's kind of like looking for a needle in a haystack right now, but we have got an awful lot of resources out there. We are going to keep looking until we find him," Derks told Fox News television.

Fossett had skippered Playstation and Lakota to many record breaking voyages.

Just a few of Steve Fossett's sailing achievements:
2001 Atlantic Record
2001 Atlantic Pictures
2001 Yachtsman of the Year
2002 Cowes Fastnet Plymoth
2002 Record La Rochelle
2002 Record Around Britain
2003 East West TransAtlantic