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Priest carried Away By Balloons Still Missing
Posted: 21 April 2008 10:20 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Brazil priest carried aloft by balloons missing

SAO PAULO, Brazil - A Roman Catholic priest who floated off under hundreds of helium party balloons was missing Monday off the southern coast of Brazil.

Rescuers in helicopters and small fishing boats were searching off the coast of Santa Catarina state, where pieces of balloons were found.

Rev. Adelir Antonio de Carli lifted off from the port city of Paranagua on Sunday afternoon, wearing a helmet, thermal suit and a parachute.

He was reported missing about eight hours later after losing contact with port authority officials, according to the treasurer of his Sao Cristovao parish, Denise Gallas.

Gallas said by telephone that the priest wanted to break a 19-hour record for the most hours flying with balloons to raise money for a spiritual rest-stop for truckers in Paranagua, Brazil’s second-largest port for agricultural products.

Some American adventurers have used helium balloons to emulate Larry Walters—who in 1982 rose three miles above Los Angeles in a lawn chair lifted by balloons.

A video of Carli posted on the G1 Web site of Globo TV showed the smiling 41-year-old priest slipping into a flight suit, being strapped to a seat attached to a huge column green, red, white and yellow balloons, and soaring into the air to the cheers of a crowd.

According to Gallas, the priest soared to an altitude of 20,000 feet (6,000 meters) then descended to about 8,200 feet (2,500 meters) for his planned flight to the city of Dourados, 465 miles (750 kilometers) northwest of his parish.

But winds pushed him in another direction, and Carli was some 30 miles (50 kilometers) off the coast when he last contacted Paranagua’s port authority, Gallas said.

Carli had a GPS device, a satellite phone, a buoyant chair and is an experienced skydiver, Gallas said.

“We are absolutely confident he will be found alive and well, floating somewhere in the ocean,” she said.

“He knew what he was doing and was fully prepared for any kind of mishap.”

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Posted: 21 April 2008 10:24 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Obviously God wanted to meet him and wasn’t prepared to wait.

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Posted: 22 April 2008 01:33 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Renquest, you corrected me in another post. So, I see fit as to correct you now. Where is your comma after “Obviously.” =)

I find this an assuming story. I bet you any money, that when they find him, alive, it will be proclaimed as a miracle.
That is if they find him…
I hope they do, but the out look does not seem good.

He was planned for it all, but if they have not found him already, it seems quite bleak that he is still alive.

Did he anticipate how the thin air would affect him over a long period of time? If his GSP is out and communications are down… I really doubt he is alive…

Let us pray for this Priest….

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Posted: 22 April 2008 02:05 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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“He knew what he was doing”

Well, apparently not enough to check the altitude winds before taking off…

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Posted: 22 April 2008 09:15 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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*waits for Kathleen or Boo to arrive*

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Posted: 22 April 2008 09:26 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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*sits on her hands*
I will not continue the hijack…

It’s not good that he was last heard of 30 miles off the coast. To me, having a buoyant chair is not ‘prepared for any kind of mishap’. I can only hope he had something else in case of crash landing in the sea.

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Posted: 22 April 2008 09:30 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Boo - 22 April 2008 01:26 PM

I can only hope he had something else in case of crash landing in the sea.

A jar of barbecue sauce perhaps, to give the sharks a treat?

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Posted: 22 April 2008 03:34 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Boo - 22 April 2008 01:26 PM

*sits on her hands*
I will not continue the hijack…

Me either.
Ren was right, though.

It’s not good that he was last heard of 30 miles off the coast. To me, having a buoyant chair is not ‘prepared for any kind of mishap’. I can only hope he had something else in case of crash landing in the sea.

Yeah, something more along the lines of one of those inflatable life rafts, perhaps.

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Posted: 22 April 2008 04:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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I think it is apparent that he was not prepared enough, Waits for an update.

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Posted: 22 April 2008 05:07 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Stlll missing, according to the Sydney Morning Herald 15 minutes ago. http://www.newsnow.co.uk/h/World+News/South+America/Brazil

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Posted: 23 April 2008 11:00 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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I give it another 3 weeks before his body washes up on shore somewhere in the Barbados.

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Posted: 25 April 2008 04:23 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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? i guess mythbusters was WAAAYY wrong

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