Man falls to his death at Hawk’s Nest in effort to retrieve crashed drone

On Tuesday, a drone pilot from Sullivan County, NY fell to his death at Hawk’s Nest, a scenic location outside Port Jervis, NY high above the River, in an effort to retrieve his crashed drone.

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A crashed drone is not worth risking your life for

Binh Ledinh, 42, of Lumberland, NY was flying a drone on Route 97 at Hawk’s Nest during the early morning hours of Tuesday, said.

The drone crashed 17 feet down an embankment around 7:30 am. Ledinh tried to recover the unmanned aircraft and fell about 250 feet.

His wife made a call to the state police in Wurtsboro at about noon to report him missing.

At around 1:45 p.m., Ledinh’s car, a 2010 Honda CRV, was discovered at the Hawk’s Nest, and he was soon located.

The Orange County Technical Rescue Team was called in to assist, and they lowered themselves down to the man and determined that he was dead. He could not be reached by foot owing to the rough terrain, so the team lowered itself to him and confirmed his death.

Leland’s body was then lowered into a rescue boat in the Delaware River, where he was taken to the Orange County Medical Examiner’s Office.

State police were aided at the scene by the Sparrow Bush Fire Department, Port Jervis Fire Department, Ambulance, Matamoras Fire Department, Huguenot Fire Department, Lumberland Fire Department, Orange County Technical Rescue Team, Port Jervis EMS and Mobil

You can read more stories about incidents involving drones here on DroneXL.

Photo credits: Wikipedia. Hat tip to R. Rosenbaum for alerting us to this tragic story

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