Footage posted online shows the bizarre moment a helicopter was enlisted to knock a drone out of the sky, after it was flying unauthorised during a surfing event in Hawaii.
As you can see from the video, the drone is flying close by the participants on awaiting jetskis. Staff went to extremes of removing the drone with the downwash of one of its standby helicopters. The crew resorted to such measures after several spectators unsuccessfully tried to eradicate the drone by throwing swimming gear and fins at it.
Speaking to PetaPixel, tipster Andrew Grose said: “Like most sporting organizations the World Surf League (WSL) has been known to be quite protective in terms of its intellectual property rights. This is especially with regard to its copyright laws, making professional filming or photographing within contest areas almost impossible unless directly contracted by the WSL.”
Grose acknowledged that the drone operator was flying their drone in a public place, and thus was doing so legally, he also drew attention to the potential dangers associated with flying it directly above competition participants, as well as close to the helicopter.
The footage has divided viewers, with some questioning the right of the surfers to destroy someone else’s equipment. Check out the video for the exact moment the incident unfolded, and decide for yourself who was in the right.