Watch this man jump into freezing water to save his beloved drone

By James Vincent

Often compared to the protective urges of new parents, the bond between human and drone can be a touching sight. Owners often carry out almost superhuman feats to keep their darlings safe — as in the video above, when a YouTube user calling himself Zwier Spanjer rescues his little quadcopter from a watery grave on their first day together. He hesitates for only a moment before slipping into a (presumably freezing) canal, hoisting the new DJI Phantom 2 to safety with less than seconds to spare. The FAA may have released a “Know Before You Fly” guide to help new drone-owners acclimatize this Christmas, but they forgot to mention the dangers of flying over water with a low battery.