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Injured Powerboat Racers Named

Driver Mike Lovell and navigator Dan Whapples Photo: Idris Martin Credit: Idris Martin

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.

Mike Lovell and Dan Whapples in a previous race Credit: Idris Martin

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 Airlifted to Hospital after Powerboat Race

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.

VIDEO: Beach polo attracts big crowds

And some of the country's top professional polo players descended on a beach near Newquay earlier this week.

Watergate Bay's usual surfers stepped aside for the riders, who competed in a special match on the sand. It's the sixth Polo on the Beach event and attracted plenty of spectators.

Here's some video filmed by our cameraman on Tuesday night.


Olympic star to reveal legacy sports projects

Olympic medallist Natasha Danvers Credit: ITV West Country

Olympic medallist Natasha Danvers will help announce community sports projects in the region which are to benefit from Olympic legacy funding of nearly 1 million pounds. 17 community groups will split the money from Sport England. They are part of 377 community sport projects across the UK.

The money comes from Sport England's Inspired Facilities Fund which is part of a 20 million pound legacy programme.

Every sports facility that receives funding will carry the London 2012 Inspire mark.

Matt Dawson opens children's hospital unit in Devon

England rugby legend Matt Dawson might be better known of late for his television work, but he's been in the region today to open a new Children's unit at North Devon District Hospital. The star of Question of Sport also won Celebrity Masterchef.

He's now come up with his own range of recipes for healthy eating, particularly in hospital. Seth Conway's report contains flash photography.

Rain Leaves Torbay Parks Waterlogged

Torbay has experienced more than three times the normal monthly average. Credit: PA

Many of Torbay’s parks are now flooded as the land cannot drain standing water quick enough. The Council is working with sports clubs and event organisers to stop events from being cancelled due to water logged sites.

The event sites affected are:

Brixham - St Mary’s Park

Paignton - Paignton Middle Green, Victoria Park, Preston Green

Torquay - Torre Abbey Meadows

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