VIDEO AND PHOTOS: Powerboat racer survives Coniston crash

A powerboat racer has survived a terrifying crash on the same stretch of water where Donald Campbell was killed 45 years ago. View our gallery of dramatic photos or watch the video of the accident as it happened

A powerboating record-breaking attempt ended in catastrophe when the driver narrowly escaped serious injury in a crash that almost mirrored the one that killed Donald Campbell on Coniston Water in 1967 aboard his Bluebird K7.

Keith Whittle had just set a new record of 132mph for the Formula 2 class of powerboats as part of Coniston Powerboat Records Week on Friday 8 November when his 200hp powerboat Pepstar flipped.

The drama was caught on Cumbria Live TV and Whittle was visibly shaken afterwards.

Photos: SWNS


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