Australian Triathlete Suffers Head Injuries After Drone Falls to Ground

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistApril 7, 2014

via ABC News 24 via BBC

Triathletes in Australia were involved in a scary situation after a filming drone crashed to the ground, which led to one competitor being injured.

An operator lost control of the drone during Sunday's Geraldton's Endure Batavia Triathlon, according to ABC News 24's Sarah Taillier, and the device fell approximately 10 meters to the ground.

One competitor, Raiji Ogden, was hit by the falling drone early in the competition. She was reportedly struck on the head and subsequently fell to the ground.

Taillier has more on the incident: 

Mrs. Ogden sustained head injuries and was treated by paramedics before being taken to hospital in a stable condition.

There have been conflicting accounts about whether Mrs. Ogden was hit by the drone or whether she fell and was injured after being startled by it.

But in an interview with the ABC, Mrs. Ogden was adamant she was struck by the device, and said there were a number of witnesses.

Although she suffered multiple head injuries and needed three stitches, she was in stable condition at the hospital after being treated. Ogden realized that the incident could have been much worse. 

"Basically we should all just thank our lucky stars that there [were] no injuries to a child or nobody's eye got taken out," Ogden said (via Taillier).

It looks like she has a positive outlook after all she's been through.

[h/t BBC]