Powerboat driver dies after crash

Two men have been seriously injured after a powerboat flipped over during a race in Weymouth Bay. The horror accident happened during the final race of a national powerboat racing championship.

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Second powerboat racer 'showing signs of recovery'

Dan Whapples Credit: ITV Meridian

Powerboat racer Dan Whapples, who was seriously injured in a race that killed his driving partner on Sunday, is showing signs of improvement although he remains in intensive care in Southampton General Hospital, race organisers said.

The Royal Yachting Association, the national body for powerboat racing, has confirmed it will be conducting a full investigation into the incident, in which a boat flipped over during the race in Weymouth Bay.

Driver Mike Lovell, from Southampton, later died from his injuries.

He and navigator Whapples, from Warsash, were taking part in a national powerboat racing championship.

Race organisers Powerboat P1 said they will co-operate fully with the appointed panel.

Tributes after fatal powerboat incident

Tributes have been paid to powerboat racer Mike Lovell who died after sustaining serious injuries in an incident while competing in Weymouth on Sunday.

Messages have been posted on Twitter and Facebook to the 27-year-old from Southampton.

Mike's team-mate, Dan Whapples has undergone surgery at Southampton General Hospital, where he is reported to be in a stable condition.

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"He was living his dream. Mike, I miss you immeasurably"

Mike Lovell, who died following a Powerboat accident yesterday Credit: Brookspeed

The owner of a powerboat team has paid tribute to a driver who lost his life after an accident yesterday.

Mike Lovell received fatal injuries during the final round of the P1 SuperStock UK Championship in Weymouth yesterday.

Brookspeed team owner Martin Braybrook said:

“Mike Lovell always wanted to be a motor mechanic since the age of 14.

He joined Brookspeed in 2005 and quickly established himself as a vital member of the team in his position of Workshop Manager & Race Engineer, and thought nothing of working through the night if an engine needed rebuilding.

He had a warm and engaging personality, and was able to form a rapport with Brookspeed customers – often going that extra mile.

He was always keen to learn and grow his vast knowledge, and could pretty much turn his hand to any engine.

When the opportunity arose for him to be involved in the amateur racing he embraced it whole-heartedly, jumping at the chance to pilot the boat.

He loved every second of it – living his dream.

Mike was very popular and much loved by his colleagues and his peers in the motor racing community.

He touched the lives of many during his short time, and we all feel stunned at his loss.

There is nothing that can salve this great sadness, and love and thoughts go to his family and friends.

Mike, I miss you immeasurably."

New powerboat footage

A powerboat racer from Southampton has died after his craft flipped over during a race, organisers said.

Mike Lovell, from Southampton, suffered multiple injuries in the incident in Weymouth on Sunday.

He was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital but race organiser P1 SuperStock confirmed he died overnight. His navigator, Dan Whapples, also from Southampton, remains in a serious but stable condition.

The pair were competing in the national powerboat racing championship in Weymouth Bay when the crash happened. This new footage shows the pair competing just before the crash.

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Pictures of powerboat victims

Mike Lovell died from his injuries overnight following the crash in Weymouth yesterday. Credit: ITV Meridian

The Royal Yachting Association has repeated an earlier statement by P1 after Sunday's crash. It reads:

Following a powerboat incident in Weymouth yesterday, Mike Lovell and Dan Whapples both sustained serious injuries and were air-lifted to Southampton General Hospital.

Overnight Mike Lovell sadly succumbed to his injuries. Dan Whapples is in a serious but stable condition. A further statement will be issued when more details are available.

John Puddifoot, RYA’s Powerboat Racing Manager, added: “The RYA is extremely saddened to hear of this tragic incident and our thoughts are with the whole powerboat community and particularly with Mike and Dan's family and friends.”

Dan Whapples is in a serious but stable condition. Credit: ITV Meridian

Powerboat death - P1 statement

Mike Lovell and Dan Whapples as they prepared to race yesterday. Credit: Idris Martin

"Following a powerboat incident in Weymouth yesterday, Mike Lovell and Dan Whapples both sustained serious injuries and were air-lifted to Southampton General Hospital.

"Overnight Mike Lovell sadly succumbed to his injuries. Dan Whapples is in a serious but stable condition. A further statement will be issued when more details are available.

"Our thoughts are with the whole powerboat community and particularly with Mike and Dan's family and friends." Powerboat P1 Management.

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