Drone Footage Allowed This Dad to Get His Kids out of the Path of a Shark

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Shark attacks are rare, relatively speaking, but if you or your kids spend a lot of time swimming, snorkeling, diving, or otherwise hanging out in the ocean then you’re probably concerned about even the slimmest chance.

Cause after all, a chance is still a chance.

Dan Watson, a Florida resident who was enjoying a day at New Smyrna Beach with his family, was also fooling around with his drone.


“Kids were playing in the beach and I just decided, ‘Hey, now’s a good time to get a picture of them overhead. Literally, as soon as I got it into the air, I started seeing a shadow moving through the water right towards them.”

Watson leapt into action, yelling for his wife, Sally, to get the kids out of the water. They responded to the panic in their parents voice and left the water just as the shark swam where they had been playing.


The family was hanging out in the shallow water, which doesn’t seems like a place where sharks would be a big worry – a fact that only adds to the family’s anxiety going forward.

“When you think of a shark, you think of them in deep water, you don’t think of them extremely close, and you don’t think they’ll come in knee-deep water,” Sally told News 13. “It’s terrifying to see them come that close to my kids.”

These are the photos he captured:


The day was potentially saved by a drone, which is crazy. Perhaps crazier? The fact that Watson decided to check the photographs at just the right moment.

That’s some parental intuition right there. Bravo, sir.