Powerboat disintegrates but driver saved

Watch the dramatic video of a high-speed powerboat accident

A powerboat driver escaped with minor injuries after his boat disintegrated while taking part in a drag race on the Savannah River at the weekend.


The hydroplane was travelling at more than 160mph when disaster struck during the 2010 Augusta Southern Nationals.

Marshals with a safety boat were quickly on the scene and pulled the hydroplane’s driver, named as Kent Price, from the water.

He is reported to have a possible broken leg, and was taken to hospital in Augusta for treatment.

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Drag boats compete to set the fastest time over a measured quarter mile from a moving start, with top boats covering the distance in less than five seconds with a terminal speed of around 250 mph.