A fisherman on a San Diego pier hooked a drone yesterday, and the drone got the whole thing on video for your enjoyment. Even the drone’s operator had to admit that it was an impressive cast, even if it was a mean-spirited and probably illegal action which could have damaged a very expensive piece of equipment.
The drone belonged to Tice Ledbetter, who was flying it over the pier to get aerial footage. The pier was a public area, but San Diego has ordinances restricting unmanned flights over city property, so it’s not immediately clear whether Ledbetter was within the bounds of the law. But the footage he got, before someone mistook his drone for a flying fish, is gorgeous.
Ledbetter managed to fly his quadcopter about half a mile to a safe landing, where he spent some time untangling the fishing line wrapped around one of the quadcopter’s rotors.
And somewhere in San Diego, at this very moment, a fisherman is telling a story about the drone that got away.