Triathlete hit in head by falling drone at race
APR 06, 2014 3:15p ET
Conspiracy theorists rejoice, drones are now attacking the general public.
Well ... not really. But an athlete competing in the Endure Batavia Triathlon in western Australia was hit in the head by a falling one during the race.
The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) was being operated by local videographers covering the sporting event. The media company's owner said the circumstances surrounding the accident looked to be suspicious.
"We will be conducting a full investigation of what happened but it looks as though someone has hacked into our system," owner Warren Abrams told Everything Geraldton.
The Geraldton Triathlon Club, the organization sponsoring the race, released a statement expressing their sincere apologies about the accident.
The statement also said that the club is "currently in discussions with the videographers to assess how the incident occurred and the circumstances surrounding the accident. This incident should never have occurred and a full investigation will be conducted in conjunction with the videographers involved."
The athlete was treated on site by paramedics and then taken to the hospital with minor injuries to her head.