— -- Three men say they had a frightening close call while boating in Argentina when a plane roared what seemed like just inches overhead.
“We were scared at first,” said Mariano Bradanini, a passenger in the boat.
The men were participating in a fishing tournament and air show in Goya, Argentina, Sunday. “It was my second time in the tournament,” Bradanini, 35, added via Twitter. “The tournament is a very good experience.”
The near-miss was caught on their video camera as the speed boat cruised along the lake only to have the low-flying plane buzz the men inside.
“We always film our fishing with GoPro cameras,” Bradanini said from his home in Concordia, Entre Rios, Argentina. “We were really enjoying ourselves, and when we saw the plane, we got scared.”
The men can be heard laughing after the plane went by. “We didn’t know it would come so close,” Bradanini, who works in tourism and the media, said.
It’s unclear whether the plane was part of the air show or whether the pilot made a mistake by flying too low, but Bradanini says the pilot knew what he was doing. “I’m sure he was experienced,” Bradanini said. “They did aerobatic shows every day, so we were scared, but then we realized that he was an experienced pilot.”
To be fair, Bradanini added, the tournament comes with some risks. “It’s not extremely dangerous, but in the beginning you have to be careful,” he said.
Despite the risks, Bradanini says he’ll be back again next year.
“There’s no doubt we’ll participate again.”