Powerboater killed in race accident

Dover regatta collision

A full investigation is underway into the death of a powerboater during a race on Saturday.

The man in his 40s, his boat’s co-driver, was killed when two craft collided during the Dover Regatta Challenge.

The incident happened in front of a large crowd around Dover Harbour. Among those watching were the man’s family, it has been reported.

A statement from the RYA says: “We can confirm that a fatality occurred during the Dover Regatta Challenge on Saturday 8 August as the result of two powerboats colliding.

“Thirteen boats were competing in the OCR class when the incident happened during the third race of the day.

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“Medical assistance was at the scene within minutes of the incident and the emergency services alerted.

“The RYA is working closely with the authorities on a full investigation into the incident. No further details can be given at this point.

“The UK Formula Future Offshore Race Club and the RYA send their deepest condolences to the family concerned.”

A Kent Police spokeswoman says: “At 12.40pm Kent Police was notified of a collision between two powerboats taking part in an organised race during Dover Regatta.

“Four people were travelling in the boats. One of the four, a man in his 40s, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.”

The boats were removed from the scene and taken away for further examination as part of the police investigation.


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