Local police forces are investigating a near-miss incident on the Newquay coast when a drone narrowly avoided a collision with a coastguard helicopter.
National newspapers reported that last week a search and rescue helicopter conducting test on the coast came very close to hitting a consumer-operated drone. The helicopter was able land safely following the ‘potentially fatal’ near miss.
The Devon and Cornwall Police, which houses its own drone capabilities, is investigating the incident.
A spokeswoman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: “We can confirm that a drone came into close proximity to the Newquay HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopter while on a training exercise.
“We would like to take this opportunity to remind people that there are strict airspace regulations and restrictions for unmanned aircraft and drones, which should be adhered to at all times.”
Last month Commercial Drone Professional reported that there were 92 recorded near miss incidents in 2017, a 217% increase in the amount of incidents recorded in 2017 compared to 2015. The Airprox Board logged 29 near missed in 2015.