In 1991, Richard Branson attempted a balloon flight across the Pacific Ocean with balloonist Pers Lindstrand. Though they ended up in the Arctic, they survived.
00:09 Richard Branson: When flying across the Pacific in a balloon and everything went wrong, we lost two-thirds of our fuel, we were only 1,000 miles into the trip, had 7,000 more miles to go. And we had to average 180 miles an hour in a balloon, and balloon's never been faster than 70 miles an hour, and I was facing almost certain death. And I mean, there's a force 9 gale blowing and so on. And then it was just a matter of... Had another fellow balloonist, Per Lindstrand. Like, we could either have just slumped on the floor and accepted our fate, or you just try to fly that balloon right into the core of the jet stream, look for the absolute strongest winds you can find, and stay awake for three days and do everything you can to avoid what on paper looked like a sad ending. And miraculously, we got right into the core of the jet stream, we saw the speedometer go up, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 110, 120, 130, 140, 150, 160, 170, 200, 210, 220, 230 miles an hour. And we... Although we missed LA by 4,000 miles and ended up in the Arctic, we survived. And... So, you need... Yeah, the moral of that story is you need good fortune in life as well if you're gonna push the limits, and I was extremely... We were extremely fortunate to have good fortune on that occasion.