Dan Watson saw a shark swimming near his children at New Smyrna Beach in Florida. USA TODAY
A Florida man got a scare when he decided to use his drone to get a few photos of his kids at the beach.
In the overhead shots, Dan Watson saw a shark swimming nearby at New Smyrna Beach in Florida, the same place where an 18-year-old surfer was bitten by a shark on Sunday, according to reports.
Watson shared the images on his Instagram page. One of the images shows the shark swimming close to a group of people. The other shows the group running for the shore with the shark swimming away.
“See that dark shadow making its way straight for the shore & those people?” Watson wrote in his Instagram post. “That was my view this weekend while flying my Mavic 2 Pro… and oh, 3 of those people are my kids!”
“There would have been no way to have known or seen about this from any way, except that I happened to fly the drone at that moment in time,” Watson, 35, told BuzzFeed News.
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In an interview with WOFL-TV in Orlando, Watson’s wife, Sally, said she was at the edge of the water screaming for the couple’s three children to get out.
“It was a God moment, because he was just going to fly the drone for fun, and it was just for a fun picture,” she told the TV station. “But to see that my children were in knee-deep water and you see this big shark approaching them, it’s humbling to know that, and I’m thankful he put that drone up at that moment.”
Watson told BuzzFeed News he saw the shark “within 30 seconds” of getting his drone in the air.
“It makes me a little wary of the water for now,” he said. “I think we’re going to practice building some sandcastles next time we go.”
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