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Triathlete gets hit in head by rogue drone

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All the triathletes were trudging along to the finish line at the Endure Batavia Triathlon on April 6, 2014, when a competitor was hit in the head by an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) otherwise known as a drone when it fell from the sky without warning.

Raija Ogden was heading into her second lap of the run leg of the race on the Foreshore when the incident occurred. The remote-controlled copter operated and owned by local videographers New Era Photography and Film, struck her in the head and she fell to the ground. Owner Warren Abrams said the circumstances 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,” he said.

Mrs Ogden has been treated by paramedics on location and the club have been advised she is in a stable condition following the incident, with minor injuries sustained to her head. Geraldton Triathlon Club President Simon Teakle, said the club are very disappointed that this has occurred.

“We are currently in discussions with the videographers to assess how the incident occurred and the circumstances surrounding the accident,” he said. “This incident should never have occurred and a full investigation will be conducted in conjunction with the videographers involved.”

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