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Father, son cross English Channel on eFoil boards

Aug. 16 (UPI) -- A British man and his son have become the first people to cross the English Channel on eFoil boards.

Rob Wylie, 51, and son Morgan, 19, used Fliteboards -- electric-powered hydrofoil boards that use their motors to hover about 3 feet above the water while traveling up to 20 mph -- to cross the English Channel in about 1 hour, 44 minutes.

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The men began from Cap Griz Nez, France, and arrived in Folkstone, England, at the end of their 23-mile journey.

Fliteboard, which congratulated the duo in an Instagram post, said Rob Wylie's board only had 4% battery strength remaining at the end of his trip.

"The Fliteboard family duo navigated currents, seaweed, swell and ships to complete the ride," the company said.

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