Skip to comments.Body in Atlantic could be missing balloon priest
Posted on 07/09/2008 10:23:45 AM PDT by Gamecock
Brazilian officials are examining a body which was found floating in the Atlantic Ocean, amid fears that it is the Brazilian priest who went missing after taking off under a raft of party balloons in April.
Father Adelir de Carli was blown out to sea when trying to set a record for flying with hundreds of helium-filled balloons.
Workers on a tugboat operated by Brazil's state run oil company Petrobras discovered the body about 100 kilometres out to sea at the weekend.
Authorities say that pieces of fabric found with the body are consistent with the clothes Fr Carli was wearing when he took off.
But they stopped short of pronouncing that the body belonged to the priest, pointing out that other remains recovered after a helicopter crash in February have previously been wrongly attributed to him.
Officials will now seek blood samples from Fr Carli's relatives so they can perform conclusive DNA tests.
Can a Priest win a Darwin Award?
Going to heaven...you’re doing it wrong.
5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:
“ ‘He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’ [c]”
7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’
Maybe they can give him a Papal dispensation for this particular category.
Maybe it was more like: “Father, that was such a cool stunt I want you to come and live with me permanently and teach Gabriel and Peter how to do it.” ;)
At least the flying nun came in for an occasional landing.
His training for the stunt included jungle survival and mountain climbing courses, but apparently did not include instruction on use of his GPS - in a telephone call he made during the flight, he stated that if someone could just explain how to use his GPS he could relay his position to rescuers.
“Hold muh scepter” alert?
I know there’s a tendency to make fun of this, but I still think it’s a tragedy.
Not without a gun or peashooter or other “altitude control”.
For later developments.
can’t post because AP but update confirms it is him
Body ID’d as priest who flew on party balloons