Fisherman hooks drone flying over Crystal Pier

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SAN DIEGO - A man fishing on Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach had a rare catch - a drone flying overhead - and it was caught on video.

Video from a camera mounted to the drone zoomed in on several people standing on the pier on Thursday.  Fisherman Randy Burns in particular appeared annoyed that the drone was flying overhead.  He was seen casting his line toward the drone and nabbed it.

“Thought I’d try something new, some flying fish… People were kind of getting aggravated, because the thing was there way too long and filming all of the people on the pier," Burns said.

The drone attempted to move out of the way, but was hooked.

“I just stood up and casted my line… I started pulling my drag real good and all of a sudden it broke my lines," Burns said. "The drone won. And that’s all I can say.”

The pilot, 19-year-old Tice Ledbetter, apparently was able to land the drone without damaging it.  He unraveled the line and posted the video to YouTube.

Ledbetter tells FOX 5 in a Facebook message that he disagreed with Randy Burn's account of the story.

"I'm sorry but I was in the air only 28 seconds and he started the process of attacking my drone within seconds of me being there. People are usually happy to see me flying and frequently wave to say hi. People often approach me while I'm flying (my drone) to ask me questions and check out the screen to see the view from above. I've never had a complaint." said Ledbetter. "I would like to point out that at no point in time was I actually flying over people until Randy hooked my drone and forced me into the direction of the pier. I'm reviewing the footage and most of the people on the pier waved at me. 

Fisherman Burns said he understands we are all constantly on surveillance everywhere we go but hopes more drone operators will understand and respect people’s privacy, even if it is just enjoying a lazy afternoon fishing.

“I was just trying to make a point. The guy left real quick,” said Burns.

Ledbetter wants people to see the entire video:

 

35 comments

  • Tom

    GOOD! Too Bad the Fisherman didn’t just YANK the Drone right outta the Sky. Yer INVADING People’s SPACE and PRIVACY! If I were that Fisherman.., That Drone would be at the Bottom of the Ocean.

    • StevenC

      Really, Tom? Are you going to smack people’s cameras out of their hands too. He’s not invading anyone’s privacy. The guy is out in public, that’s why it’s called “out in public” and not “out in private”. The fisherman has no reasonable expectation of privacy. And anybody who destroys someone’s drone should rightfully be charged with destruction of private property.

      • RONNIE

        So if im out in public and I see you STEVENC and maybe even your family too, how would you feel if I walked up to you and just started taking pictures of you guys??? How would you feel?? If you think thats right then there is something seriously wrong with you and society

        • Mike Van

          Ronnie, are you kidding? How is this drone even equivalent to someone playing PAPARAZZI towards a family as you just described? The fisherman made the issue about himself. If I had my drone out at the beach it’s to get beautiful shots and footage, not one specific idiot with a fishing rod. The guy acted like a primitive man throwing spears at helicopters.

          • Ryan

            If your drone starts buzzing around my head next time I’m at the beach I’m going to paddle in and shove it up your ass. You can film the whole thing and uplaod it to youtube. Hoser.

          • John Jones

            Since drones have now shown the ability to fire weapons and carry explosives it should be considered self-defense if I shoot it out of the sky. One guy in Russia has a youtube video of a drone with an operational machine gun on it. Another guy in New England has made one to fire a .45 cal. semi-automatic. How is anyone supposed to know if a drone is armed or not? Better to kill it and not have to worry about it.

      • Dallas

        If the drone is being flown close enough for that guy to catch it with a fishing line then the operator is not only being an obnoxious douche, he’s actually violating several regulations on the flight of unmanned aircraft over people. I think drones are cool, but they are getting to be a huge nuisance and safety hazard thanks to people who cant seem to understand how to use them properly.

      • John Jones

        Since drones have now shown the ability to fire weapons and carry explosives it should be considered self-defense if I shoot it out of the sky. One guy in Russia has a youtube video of a drone with an operational machine gun on it. Another guy in New England has made one to fire a .45 cal. semi-automatic. How is anyone supposed to know if a drone is armed or not? Better to kill it and not have to worry about it.

        • Troy

          Holy shit, you are exactly whats wrong with this world. Armed, dumb and, gullible as fuck. Better to kill it and not have to worry about it? Is that what you do with all things you don’t understand you hillbilly trash. So what happens when you shoot the drone out of the sky and it falls and hits someone, injuring them fatally? what happens if you miss the drone and shoot something else? You’re the cause of the problem, not the drone.

    • Dryhn

      If the drone had been hovering outside the guy’s house peering in his bedroom window, you might not sound so utterly foolish. You do not have any reasonable expectation of privacy when you are on a public pier at a crowded beach in the second-largest city in California. The fact that anti-technology Luddites like you are irrationally terrified of drones for some reason does not grant you any special right to attack other people’s private property on sight in a public place.

    • andy

      Why do I get a feeling if I broke a $1500 item of your’s you would cry and scream bloody murder. Being an ignorant caveman and smashing someones drone is actually, a pretty big offense if you get caught. Have fun getting hit up for $4000+ of legal fees and liens from your teenage-like expression of random anger towards something not affecting you.

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  • ian

    Glad they hooked it. Pretty obnoxious how many drones are out there. Put the gizmo down and get into your own life.

  • rustytheuavpilot

    Willful destruction of private property would be the charge if I lost mine to this behavior.
    Hard to argue in court with the video the pilot captured.
    Quadcopter(these are not drones) are pricy.
    I have several of them.

      • Dryhn

        I’d be curious to see a citation of some of these “FAA regs” about flying what is essentially an RC helicopter with 4 rotors and a camera in a public space. Since we seem to have a plethora of armchair lawyers and aviation regulators online, it shouldn’t be too hard to find a reference to them, right? Tell you what, let me get you started with these NON-regulatory guidelines from the FAA themselves, since they don’t seem to have passed any formal regulations governing personal UAVs. https://www.faa.gov/uas/publications/model_aircraft_operators/

        Enjoy.

        • Jean

          The RC hobbyists I know stick to their own flying fields and don’t fly them in non regulated areas. These are not the same, the handlers of drones do not have the same level of respect for the sky as real RC hobbyists.

    • John Jones

      But they aren’t near as bad as the “entitled” douchbags that fly these dangerous gadgets. Even if they’re not armed with guns or explosives, a malfunction could let it just drop out of the sky and injure someone, maybe a child. It won’t be long before someone comes up with a way to find the frequency and jam it.

  • Karina

    ahaha that is SO funny! obviously skills of the fisherman in fishing is better than the pilot of the drone LOL, i don’t understand why owner of the drone SO angry. hah, BTW , want to upgrade my drone, but not sure if to get The Inspire with 2 controllers or just Phantom 3 professional, yeah Inspire is NICE but price is scary.. $3000.. while Phatnom 3 ( per DJI phantom 3 vs DJI Inspire 1 review here http://goo.gl/uuHNqG ) has almost same functions and cost WAY cheaper.

  • Troy

    John Jones you are a fucking idiot. That “russia drone” video with a machine gun is 100% CG and fake. Shoot first, ask questions later? You’re probably a dumb cop. Trash.

  • andy

    What is wrong with people. Are you jealous of someone with a toy you don’t have? There is an insane out of nowhere hate for a drone out of the blue. No, special snowflake, you aren’t the center of attention and we aren’t filming you and invading your privacy.

  • d@bigd.com

    Regardless of your opinion on the device, it’s a crime to damage private property and should be handled as such.

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