Powerboat racer Mike Lovell dies in hospital after Weymouth Bay crash
A powerboat racer seriously injured in a crash in Weymouth Bay yesterday afternoon has died in hospital.
Mike Lovell, 27, was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital after his craft flipped over while competing in a race at the P1 SuperStock UK Championship.
He died in hospital overnight, race organisers have confirmed this morning.
Mr Lovell's navigator, Dan Whapples, was also thrown into the water in the crash. He remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital.
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Race organiser P1 Superstock issued a statement via its website this morning.
“Following a powerboat incident in Weymouth yesterday, Mike Lovell and Dan Whapples both sustained serious injuries and were air-lifted to Southampton General Hospital," it said.
“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.”
The pair, both from Southampton, were airlifted to hospital - Mr Lovell by the Portland Coastguard rescue helicopter, and Mr Whapples by the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.
The race was cancelled immediately following the crash, which will be investigated by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch.