Drone pilot accidentally discovers woman stranded on the beach, helps saving her life 

Dec 24, 2020

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Drone pilot accidentally discovers woman stranded on the beach, helps saving her life 

Dec 24, 2020

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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When Josh Hug went to California’s Pacifica Beach to do some drone filming, little did he know that he would save a life. As he got his drone up in the air, he noticed someone lying on the beach, apparently unconscious. He left his controller and rushed to help, but his drone kept filming and the whole situation was caught on camera.

Josh Hug is a professor at UC Berkeley. On the day of the incident, he fired up his drone to shoot the high surf on the beach. However, he noticed something that made him stop what he was doing and rush to help. “I noticed that there was somebody who looked like they had just gotten owned by a wave, right,” he told WFLA News Channel 8. “Somebody with a dog, and they seemed to be rolling with the wave.”

Hug left his controller and rushed there to find a woman who wasn’t able to move. Her dog was beside her, jumping around nervously. “As I was trying to help her up she just couldn’t move,” Hug said. “She was incapacitated in some way.” This is when he realized that it was a matter of life or death.

As he was trying to keep the woman away from the waves, more people rushed to help. And since his drone was still hovering in the air, it filmed the entire event. It landed at one point, but it continued to film from the ground. Hug and the two other men dragged the woman away from the waves to safety.

Jeff Huntze, Battalion Chief with North County Fire Authority said that Hug was a hero. Huntze and a team of rescuers arrived at the scene minutes after the woman was pulled from the water, according to NBC Bay Area. “If nobody had come that day she would have succumbed to the water,” he concluded.

[via Drone DJ]

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6 responses to “Drone pilot accidentally discovers woman stranded on the beach, helps saving her life ”

  1. John Wojciechowski Avatar
    John Wojciechowski

    But they’re still trying to limit and regulate drone pilot activities.

  2. Mickey Avatar
    Mickey

    Really? That’s what you got out of that story. And we wonder what’s wrong with the world today…

    1. Perpetual Infidel Avatar
      Perpetual Infidel

      “regulate drone pilot activities” is an unfortunate fact drone pilots are affected by.
      More unnecessary regulations may result in someone’s death that could be saved by drone flying that offers superiors vantage point…

  3. Matt Nicki Lautemann Avatar
    Matt Nicki Lautemann

    Wow. That’s awesome that he was there. Wonder what happened? Hope everyone is ok!

    1. Matt Nicki Lautemann Avatar
      Matt Nicki Lautemann

      AJ Maarhuis lol. I did, and it still leaves me wondering what happened. The story says nothing of why the lady was there, “incapacitated” so I still wonder. Thanks though.

  4. James Lebo Avatar
    James Lebo

    Definitely staged. No way that drone could stay perfectly still with no one handling the controller in the wind coming off the beach. Nor could it land perfectly.