Lark Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

Balloonist stranded in Newfoundland rescued by CBC

Jonathan Trappe, a balloonist who had been attempting to cross the Atlantic Ocean but was forced to land in a remote area on Newfoundland's west coast, was picked up on Friday afternoon by a helicopter that had been chartered by CBC to conduct an aerial survey of the area.

"I've never been so glad to see the media," Trappe told CBC News videojournalist Lindsay Bird when she found him.

Trappe left Caribou, Maine, near the New Brunswick border, on Thursday in a small boat suspended below more than 300 helium-filled balloons.

He may not have made it to his European destination, but Trappe said the journey was about more than that.

"We set out on this expedition for the adventure, and we got the adventure," Trappe said.

"The destination was always unknown, and it's pretty grand where we've come in to. It's not the destination I set out for, but it's kind of the way with real adventure — adventure isn't what you planned on, it's what you find, and that's what we have today."

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Balloonist stranded in Newfoundland rescued by CBC