Drone shots capture professional surfer Matt Wilkinson escaping from a 1.5-meter-large white shark off North Ballina Beach New South Wales.
The World Championship Tour surfer swam fast behind a shark while leaping on his board near Sharps Beach on Wednesday.
“I heard a splash and noise, looked around and couldn’t see anything,” Wilkinson told Surf Life Saving NSW.
Surf lifetime A drone was able to broadcast an alert from the aircraft’s speakers as it was running upwards.
“The drone came down and told me there was a dangerous shark in the area, back to the beach,” Wilkinson said.
“I felt a little different, the lifeguards showed me the shots and I realized how close it came without knowing it was there. It seemed like it was going to my foot, and it changed my mind.
“I’ve been browsing with sharks all my life, I understand they’ve been there, I know enough about them to know they don’t care much about humans. I’m glad the shark was reviewed at the last second today,” Wilkinson said.
Following the incident, the beach was evacuated and closed for the day.
Wilkinson also competed when Mick Fanning was there Attacked by a shark In 2015 in South Africa.
“I felt grateful and very different at the same time, but happily decided not to let myself go. When I saw the footage, I had a yellow leg rope, the mic board was yellow, what was I thinking when I came in,” Wilkinson said.
“I called my wife because she didn’t want to see it before she saw those scenes. Now she doesn’t want me to browse for two days. ”
The drone operator, Pew Monks, saw the encounter from his monitor on the shore.
“It came out of nowhere and then went up to Matt. It moved so fast. I monitored it and reported it to the lifeguards, using the speaker on the drone to get everyone out of the water,” he said.
“Within 10 seconds it was in the browser, and after five seconds it was gone.”
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“I do not fully understand why the shark decided to move away at the last minute. It could have been as simple as a collision with his leg rope or it could have been a drone. I knew the sea creatures would move away when the drone came,” he said.
Drones fly over many beaches throughout the NSW every day during the school holidays, and they are used to warn surfers and swimmers of various dangers, including marine animals.
Steven Pierce, chief executive of Surf Life Saving NSW, said drones are the future of aerial surveillance.
“They have proven themselves cheaper and more effective than helicopters and are preferred by the community,” he said.