VIDEO: Drone captures yacht fire

Drone captures $24 million yacht engulfed in flames

This is some hot stuff!

San Diego boat captain Kurt Roll was using a remote-controlled quadcopter drone (similar to the new SeaHex) [“Making Waves,” April 2014 issue] to shoot aerial footage at a shipyard in Chula Vista, California last week when he spotted a plume of smoke rising in the distance. Roll was able to use his device to get closer to what turned out to be a massive boat fire, and managed to capture some incredible, close-up footage.

According to ABC 10 News, the 112-foot Polar Bear, worth an estimated $24 million, caught fire in an accident at the shipyard that morning. About 100 marina workers were evacuated during the blaze, which firefighters were eventually able to put out.

Watch the drone footage of the yacht fire in the video above.


2 comments on “VIDEO: Drone captures yacht fire

  1. Eddie

    We use a similar drone to shoot photos and video of villas in the Dominican Republic, curious to see it put into use like this. Someone proposed to enroll drone flyers in a search and rescue volunteer groups, not a bad idea 🙂

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