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Drone injures triathlete in race

Written by: Herbert Krabel
Date: Sun Apr 06 2014

Aussie Geraldton news reported today that the Raija Ogden, the wife of Courtney Ogden, was struck in the head by a drone while competing in the Endure Batavia Triathlon, and subsequently fell to the ground and had to be taken to a hospital.

The Unmanned Arial Vehicle (UAV), usually referred to as a drone, was reportedly operated and owned by New Era Photography and Film, a local video crew who were covering the event with live footage.

Ogden was already on the running leg of the event when the incident occured, and her husband Courtney, who had won this event before, was on the way to finish second this time.

"In relation to the incident that occurred today at the Endure Batavia Triathlon involving an aerial camera and competitor Raija Ogden, the Geraldton Triathlon Club wish to state their sincere apologies to Mrs Ogden," said a statement from the Geraldton Triathlon Club. "Mrs Ogden has been treated by paramedics on location and the club have been advised she is in a stable condition following the incident, with minor injuries sustained to her head."

The article in the further stated that New Era Photography and Film owner Warren Abrams said that the circumstances looked to be suspicious.

"We will be conducting a full investigation of what happened but it looks as though someone has hacked into our system," said Abrams.

We contacted Courtney Ogden to confirm this accident report and he responded with "That article sums it up nicely. Nothing else needs to be said."


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