Simon Cowell calls in divers to rescue X Factor footage

Simon Cowell was forced to enlist a team of scuba divers to retrieve some "vital" 'X Factor' footage from a helicam after it crash landed into the River Thames

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Simon Cowell had to call in scuba divers to retrieve 'X Factor' footage from the River Thames.

The music mogul was forced to take drastic action after a £20,000 helicam, which was capturing aerial footage of 'X Factor' auditions at London's ExCel centre on Saturday (06.04.13), plummeted into the water after malfunctioning.

An insider told the Daily Star newspaper: "There was no way we could let a piece of kit like that just float down the Thames for anyone to find.

"The footage is stored inside the helicam so wouldn't have been damaged by the water. That meant anyone could have got their hands on it and seen everything we have filmed throughout the day."

The cameraman deliberately directed the gadget into the Thames to avoid injuring wannabes standing outside the venue, and Simon was keen to retrieve the expensive piece of kit to avoid losing "vital" footage.

The insider explained: "Apart from not wanting anyone to see what we've got, we also would have lost vital scenes.

"The cameraman did the right thing crashing it into the river to avoid the fans on the ground but it was all a bit of a palaver.

"We got there in the end though and it gave fans watching some excitement."

An 'X Factor' spokesman explained: "After the helicam broke the cameraman steered it over the Thames to avoid it crashing into the crowds waiting to audition.

"Thankfully no one was hurt and we managed to get a diver to fish the camera out of the river."

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