Drone pilot shocked by sharks swimming around Florida surfers

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |   Jan. 22, 2017 at 3:13 PM

A drone operator in Florida said he was trying to capture video of boats when he stumbled on a more shocking sight -- sharks swimming around oblivious surfers.

Jason Griffeth said he took his new camera drone from his Vero Beach home to the Fort Pierce Inlet to capture footage of boats Friday morning when he decided to get some shots of surfers and paddle boarders he sighted nearby.

"As I got about 300 feet in the air, I noticed there was some big fish swimming out near the surfers," Griffeth told WPBF-TV. "I was like, 'Those kind of look like sharks.'"

The video, posted to YouTube, shows the sharks -- and some large fish that appear to be tarpon -- swimming all around the surfers and paddle boarders, who appeared not to notice their sub-aquatic company.

"And I was kind of freaking out because I had no way to notify the surfers because I was so far away with the drone," said Griffeth, who was about a mile away from the incident monitoring his drone via a video feed to his phone.

Griffeth said the scene ended peacefully, with the sharks and surfers leaving each other undisturbed.

"It's incredible," Griffeth said. "It makes me think twice about going surfing at the Fort Pierce Inlet."

Topics: surfing, Drones
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Customs officers find 3,000 pounds of marijuana disguised as watermelons

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |   Jan. 22, 2017 at 12:18 PM

Jan. 22 (UPI) -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection said agents in Texas intercepted 3,000 pounds of suspected marijuana disguised as watermelons.

The agency said its Office of Field Operations at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility searched a shipment of fresh watermelons in a white 1993 Thermo King tractor trailer Jan. 17.

The officers discovered 390 of the supposed watermelons were actually packages of suspected marijuana formed into the shapes of melons and wrapped in green material.

The packages contained a total 3,000 pounds of what is believed to be cannabis -- an estimated $600,092 worth of the drug.

"Smugglers continue to be creative as they attempt to introduce illegal narcotics into our country," said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr., Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. "Our frontline CBP officers' experience, vigilance and attention to detail prevents the introduction of these dangerous drugs into our country."

The case was handed over to Homeland Security Investigations for further investigation.

Topics: Marijuana
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