Hot Air Balloon’s Emergency Water Landing Caught on Tape

Our friends at Urlesque pointed us to this unusual video of a hot air balloon making an emergency landing in Australia today. The pilot of the balloon was attempting to land on a beach, but wind gusts pushed the craft several kilometers out over the waters of Port Phillip Bay in Melbourne. In order to bring the 10 passengers to safety, the balloon was lowered to the water where water police had arrived.

Luckily, the rescue effort went smoothly and nobody was injured — but the incident made for some very dramatic footage. Those aboard the balloon were able to put on lifejackets and easily reach the shore.

“We knew we could jump ship,” one cheerful passenger commented after getting back on dry land. “We just wanted to save our snaps from the holiday, and we didn’t want to go swimming. That’s all.”