While we already suspected that putting any part of your body close to the fast-spinning propellers of a drone can only end horribly, it’s taken international singing superstar Enrique Iglesias to prove it.
The 40-year-old Spanish artist was performing at a concert in Tijuana, Mexico on Sunday night when the quadcopter calamity occurred.
In a video of the incident uploaded to YouTube, Iglesias can be seen reaching out to take hold of the quadcopter, an action likely to have had even the smallest children not yet fully conversant with the perils of quadcopter technology asking their parents, “Is Enrique out of his mind?”
The drone, which was being used to capture crowd shots from just above the stage, remained steady in the air – until Enrique grabbed it with his other hand.
Sure enough, this is where the drone’s blades begin slicing into Enrique’s fingers, his certain screams drowned out by the noise of his exuberant fans.
Despite the blood and what must have been excruciating pain, Enrique, evidently a true pro, ploughed on with the song, but not before glancing at his fingers – presumably to check they were all still there.
Unable to stem the steady flow of blood, the injured singer left the stage a short time later to seek medical treatment, though soon returned to finish the gig. However, the sight of his heavily bandaged hand and blood-stained T-shirt suggested all was not well.
Team Enrique issued a message after the concert to explain what on earth had happened:
“During the show, a drone is used to get crowd shots and some nights Enrique grabs the drone to give the audience a point-of-view shot. Something went wrong and he had an accident,” the statement said. “He decided to go on and continued playing for 30 minutes while the bleeding continued throughout the show. He was rushed to the airport where an ambulance met him there. He was then put on a plane to LA to see a specialist.”
We wish Enrique a full and speedy recovery and wonder if drones will continue to be a part of his on-stage shenanigans.