A green laser hit the police helicopter while it flew over West Bay Friday night, police reported.

“The Police Helicopter crew was struck twice in quick succession by a high-intensity green laser light from the ground,” a press release stated.

Police spokeswoman Jacqueline Carpenter said, “This was not just some little toy.” She said the flashes came from an “industrial-strength laser beam.”

Police said the officers could not figure out the exact location of the laser, but it was from the Finch Drive area in West Bay.

“The action of endangering aircraft is an offence in the Cayman Islands that is taken seriously and any offender will be arrested and could face imprisonment. In addition to posing a risk to the crew, it also distracts them from their operational tasks and diverts resources away from other duties,” the police statement said.

Ms. Carpenter said there have been cases in the United Kingdom where people were charged for using similar lasers on aircraft.

 

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