Swimmer’s Drone Snafu In Hudson River Adventure
The world-famous endurance swimmer, Lewis Pugh, found himself in deep waters this week, but not just due to his 315-mile swim challenge of the Hudson River. The real trouble bubbled up when his team’s drone took to the skies in a restricted area.
Lewis Pugh, known for his daring swims across global water bodies, began his Hudson River journey on August 13, aiming to finish in New York City’s Battery Park on September 13. However, just a day into this epic swim, a video shared on social media showcased drone footage from the High Peaks Wilderness.
This immediately raised eyebrows, as it’s illegal to launch drones in the wilderness and primitive areas of the Adirondack Park.
A spokesperson for Pugh called it “an honest oversight,” assuring everyone that they’re now in sync with wilderness rules following guidance from the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).
To add to the swim team’s woes, a DEC spokesperson revealed that not only was no drone…