Competitor Rajia Ogden was beginning her second lap of a race on the Foreshore when the copter, which was being controlled via a remote, fell from the sky and hit her in the head, leaving her with minor injuries. She was treated by paramedics at the scene and then taken to the hospital.
The drone was operated by videographers New Era Photography and Film, who were using it to tape the triathlon live. The owner of the copter, Warren Abrams, believes someone hacked into his system and caused the UAV to fall.
The Geraldton Triathlon Club released a statement expressing that the club is "very disappointed" that this occurred and that they are currently conducting an investigation into the incident and the videographers involved.