Published: February 23, 2013
Missing weather balloon could be washed up in the Burnham area

Burnham-On-Sea residents are being asked to look out for a weather balloon which may be washed up on beaches in the area.

The balloon was launched from a school in Pontypridd, South Wales earlier this week and has gone missing over the Bristol Channel.

Rhodri Thomas, a physics teacher at Ysgol Gyfun Garth Olwg in Pontypridd, told Burnham-On-Sea.com that the balloon splashed down in the sea just off Clevedon and has not been seen since.

"The balloon was launched as a school project to capture images of the earth from high altitude. It consists of a polystyrene box covered in gold foil with a white parachute attached to the top," he said.

"The box contains two cameras and a GPS phone so we were able to track it. The parachute should also have remnants of the balloon attached to it. The box has a label stating my email and phone number on it."

"Your help will be much appreciated as there are a lot of disappointed pupils here at the moment," he added.

A reward is being offered to anyone who returns the box and parachute.

 


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