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.