American adventurer Steve Fossett's balloon, above, plummeted 29,000 feet into the Coral Sea Sunday after being struck by hail and lightning in a fierce storm. Fossett is shown in an open life raft Monday, right, making his way over to a closed life raft dropped to him by the French navy 500 miles off the Australian coast. Fossett was picked up by the yacht Atlanta after completing two-thirds of his planned trip, spokeswoman Judy Jasper said at the millionaire's flight operation headquarters in St. Louis. He was to be taken to Townsville, in Queensland, Australia, she said. "The rescue was very straightforward. Mr. Fossett is in good health," Australian Maritime Safety Authority spokesman Brian Hill said. Fossett came down near the Bellona Reefs, an uncharted region. He was attempting a record balloon flight around the world. See story on page A4.