Drone video captured a 13-year-old boy making a daring rescue Friday afternoon after a boat capsized off the coast of the Jupiter Inlet.
Sam Ruskin and his cousin were surfing at that very moment, just a few hundred yards away.
“At first, we just saw all the boxes from the boat in the middle of the sea, and we were kind of like, ‘What’s going on?’” Ruskin said.
The Independence Middle School student immediately paddled towards the end of the inlet and gave the man his surfboard.
At approximately 7:20 p.m. Sept. 21, the drone, or unmanned aerial vehicle, and the helicopter collided. The Army helicopter sustained damage to its main rotor blade, window frame and transmission deck. A motor and arm from a small drone, identified as a DJI Phantom 4, were recovered from the helicopter. The NTSB was notified of the incident Sept. 22 and began its investigation that day. In the following days investigators were able to identify and subsequently interview the drone operator. The drone operator also provided flight data logs for the incident flight.
The FBI is investigating after a drone hit a pair of Army helicopters over Staten Island earlier this week.
Army officials said that two Blackhawk helicopters, with the 82nd Airborne Division out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, were damaged after coming in contact with the drone about 500 feet above Midland Beach just after dark on Thursday.
The impact dented one helicopter, cracked a window and damaged its rotor blades. It was enough damage, Army officials said, that the helicopters had to land in nearby Linden, New Jersey.
A young woman was hospitalized after being hit by a drone at a hotel pool near the Las Vegas Strip.
Kristen Rebollo was lounging at Palms Place and saw the moment the drone fell from the sky, striking the woman.
“Something just hit her in the leg and we looked over and she just started screaming,” Rebollo said.
She says her fellow guest had a deep cut in her upper thigh. Meanwhile, Rebollo says the drone battery burst into flames, burning a hole through a pool chair.