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Powerboat racer returns to water after serious crash in Solent

Five months ago, he was put in a medically induced coma in hospital - after the powerboat he was training in crashed and flipped over in the Solent.

Simon Dredge, who's 18 - and the son of champion racer Peter Dredge - was left in a critical condition after the accident last May. But, now, he's returned to the water at Cowes.

Phil and Sangeeta talked to father and son in the studio.


Powerboat pilot rescued after 130mph crash

Click video. Hampshire powerboat pilot Keith Whittle has been rescued from a lake in Cumbria after a 130mph crash. Keith's boat flipped through the air on Coniston Water in the Lake District. Donald Campbell, piloting Bluebird, lost his life on the same lake in 1967.

Keith had just set a new record for the Formula 2 class in his powerboat, Pepstar. He was unhurt but clearly shaken.

"He died doing what he loved doing"

The survivor of a powerboat crash in which one man was killed said today he realised how lucky he is to be alive.

Dan Whapples was speaking at the funeral of Mike Lovell - it's the first time he's talked about the accident which happened on the final day of the racing season last month.

Today more than 1000 people turned out to pay their respects.

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"I wish he was given a second chance too"

The team mate of a powerboat pilot who was killed during a race has spoken for the first time about what happened.

Navigator Dan Whapples, from Warsash in Hampshire, suffered multiple injuries but survived the crash which killed Mike Lovell at the National Powerboat Championships in Weymouth.

In an emotional interview at Mike's funeral today Dan said he wished that Mike had been given a second chance too.

See his interview in full here.


Injured powerboater continues recovery

Powerboater Dan Whapples in now out of intensive care Credit: P1 SuperStock Championship

A powerboater seriously injured in a crash which killed his team mate is out of intensive care.

Dan Whapples remains in Southampton General Hospital but continues to improve.

He was injured in the incident in Wemouth Bay during a race last Sunday.

His team mate Mike Lovell, of Southampton, suffered multiple injuries and died in hospital.

Mr Whapples, of Warsash, has been visited by a number of the other racers in the P1 SuperStock Championship during his recovery.

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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