The Seychelles Sports Complex at Roche Caiman simply looks great from the air. We already had taken various shots. Just as it is, or with a football match on, the pools, karting races etc.Somehow, although really photogenic in the afternoon light, the big complex always looked lifeless. It just needed more… lots of people.
And then our National Day came up. THE opportunity. And the weather was simply perfect as well. We went to get the general shots in the morning, because we had to re-charge our batteries in order to achieve our goal in the late afternoon: film the stadium filled to capacity with lots of action in it and all around.
We took some footage of the crowded stadium early, just in case the weather might change, and then waited patiently for the arrival of all dignitaries, the official guests and the show to begin.
As every year, one of the first events was the demonstration of parachutists jumping from a plane and landing right in the center of the stadium. Exactly what we were waiting for as a round-up shot for the event. The planes arrived, the parachutists jumped, and – up went our drone. The first parachutist landed, then the second one, and then Werner thought: this is enough, and he told me he was bringing the drone home. I went into my routine position to catch it. But strange things happened. He did not fly the drone straight home as he usually did. He flew a little detour to the left, to the right, a bit back again….
I was actually wondering if something might be wrong with the machine.
When at last he brought it in, we were immediately surrounded by 6 or 8 men and women talking into mobile phones in a state of great agitation.
What had happened was, that Werner had seen on his monitor that all of a sudden security people came running from all directions staring up at the drone and following it. Well, he obviously thought to give them a bit of fun and exercise….
I don’t think they found it likewise funny, and they told us politely but very sternly that we absolutely could not do what we were doing. It was a NO NO NO to fly a drone over the stadium with two state presidents and other dignitaries and thousands of people in it, and they were 100 percent sure that we had no permission to do so. They were 100 percent right, because we never asked for permission, expecting quite rightly again, that we surely would not have gotten it.
As nothing dangerous had happened and as we did not look like threatening terrorists, everything and everybody calmed down. They told us, however, that they would have to confiscate the drone until the end of the event. But when we told them that we had finished filming and had no intention at all to stay any longer and were going home now, they reluctantly let us keep it.
But two of the security people stayed with us and scrutinized every movement we made, until we drove off.
Better be safe…