October 1st, 2010
10:51 AM ET

Search continues for American balloonists

Race officials Friday said photos of debris found in the Adriatic Sea off Italy don't appear to show anything from a balloon flown by two missing Americans.

"There have been some pieces of debris found in the sea," said flight director Don Cameron of Coupe Aeronautique Gordon Bennett. "We received pictures of the debris by email from the search and rescue team, and after examination decided none of what we've seen so far was from the balloon."

Searchers found the debris and sent it to the race team in the United Kingdom, Italian authorities said Friday.

Italian Coast Guard Warrant Office Massimo Maccheroni said a search boat found the debris. An underwater vessel was en route and should reach the scene soon, he said.

The pieces of debris are small and one resembles a cord, Maccheroni said. The items were found near the town of Vieste.

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  1. andrea

    I think u spelled balloonist wrong

    October 1, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Lisa baby

    Hardly the issue how balloonist is spelled people might be dead at the very least suffering and your only worried about how a word is mispelled the story is about human suffering its not a pop quiz

    October 1, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. geez

    maybe they disappeared because they are having a secret affair.

    October 1, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Marines123

    What ever happened with tracking devises. Or did balloon blow up?

    October 2, 2010 at 1:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Jim Brieske

    Maybe they crashed because of a missing o ring. They were flying all over the planet as ballonists. Plus they were Americans. That in itself is risky.
    A recipe for disaster leading to a trip to Heaven. But at least they can hang out with some astronauts with a common bond and a school teacher who is very good speller.
    jim

    October 2, 2010 at 2:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Marines123

    No Jim! I rather think they were having a secret affair. I don't want to think about ariel disasters.

    October 2, 2010 at 2:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Marines123

    Hey Jim! That's right they were Americans. Who else are the risk brave takers? Not you. You are probably from some backwards boat plane Iraqi hobby shop type! Get some

    October 2, 2010 at 2:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Jim Brieske

    Marines 123. I'm going to keep my response to you very simple, since I seem to be having trouble posting what I want to say.
    I know Heaven exists, so I use humor. Andrea was funny with her offhand comment.
    It's backwards boat plane "Iranian" hobby shop type. Iran built them not Iraq.
    jim

    October 2, 2010 at 8:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Jim Brieske

    Marine 123. But I do agree with you when considering the term, getting things backwards.
    jim

    October 2, 2010 at 8:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Jim Brieske

    In other words, we should have invaded Iran not Iraq.
    It would have been easier to invade Iraq after Iran.
    Now we have to invade Iran. But first we have to get hundreds of thousands of coalition soldiers along the Iranian border.
    That will force the Iranians to mass all their soldiers along the border.
    Then you must have faith.
    jim

    October 2, 2010 at 9:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Marines123

    Your right Jim.it was Iraq. Thanks for correcting me! I know your humor is cool! Please don't offend America though. Or maybe you were drunk partying and did not portray it right? Good day Jim.

    October 2, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Jam

    These balloons seem real safe

    October 2, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Marines123

    Jim, thanks for the mention of heaven. I know what you mean now!

    October 2, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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