Sport : Other Sports

Powerboat driver dies

17th September 2012, 09:04am

The incident occurred at Weymouth on Sunday

The incident occurred at Weymouth on Sunday

A powerboat driver has died following an incident during a race at Weymouth on Sunday.

Mike Lovell's boat rolled over during the P1 SuperStock national championship series race.

Both Lovell, from Southampton, and navigator Dan Whapples were thrown clear of the boat before being brought to shore and airlifted to hospital.

However, on Monday morning it was announced Lovell had died in hospital.

A statement issued by race organisers read: "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."

Portland Coastguard, who attended the scene, has made a report to the Marine Accident Investigation Branch.

Lovell was driving for the Peters and May team, who currently lie fifth of the eight teams in the series standings.

Other Sports Videos

    Van Gaal won't panic buy

    Van Gaal won't panic buy

    28-July-2014

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says he won't waste money by panic buying. For the extended interview, sign in to Sky Go

    Thomas signs new deal

    Thomas signs new deal

    28-July-2014

    Geraint Thomas has signed a new two year deal with Team Sky.

    Rio relishing QPR task

    Rio relishing QPR task

    28-July-2014

    Rio Ferdinand says he is looking forward to a new challenge with QPR after signing a one-year deal to move to Loftus Road.

    Fans anger at Chambers sale

    Fans anger at Chambers sale

    28-July-2014

    Southampton Fanzine Editor, Nick Illingsworth, has launched an attack on the club's board following the sale of Calum Chambers, the latest high profile player to leave this summer.

    Sky Bet

    Facebook Favourites