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Powerboat racing driver Mike Lovell has died in hospital after his boat flipped over at Weymouth at the weekend. Mr Lovell had been airlifted to Southampton General along with navigator Mike Whapples. Mr Whapples is said to be in a serious but stable condition.
Two powerboat racers badly injured after their boat flipped over during a race in Weymouth Bay have been named.
Driver Mike Lovell, from Southampton, and navigator Dan Whapples, from Warsash, were taking part in a national powerboat racing championship yesterday.
These new pictures show them in a previous race before they were thrown clear from their powerboat as it rolled over. They were rescued by the RNLI before being flown to hospital. The powerboat was competing in the area of Weymouth Town Beach and the harbour entrance when the incident happened.
A report has been made to the Marine Accident Investigation Branch. Weymouth - the Olympic sailing venue - was hosting the first visit of the P1 SuperStock UK Championship to the Dorset coastal resort for the national powerboat series finale.
Two men have been airlifted to hospital after a powerboat race in Weymouth.
Portland Coastguard says the accident happened during the final race of a national powerboat racing championship when a boat flipped over.
The Coastguard, The Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and police are all in attendance.
Organisers of the P1 SuperStock UK Championship have cancelled the race. They say a powerboat driver and navigator suffered serious injuries in the accident and have been flown to Southampton General.
The Marine Accident Investigation branch is investigating.