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Powerboat Racer Killed by Flying Propeller in England

Powerboat Racer Killed by Flying Propeller in England
Stock photo of a powerboat racing. (Michael Gray/Dreamstime)

By    |   Tuesday, 26 June 2018 12:54 PM

A powerboat racer was killed by a flying propeller that dislodged when the boat he was driving smashed into another speedboat during a race in the U.K.'s West Bay in Dorset on Sunday.

The incident unfolded in front of a horrified crowd gathered to watch the Offshore Circuit Racing Drivers Association race.

Kevin Edmondson, 53, of Canterbury died from severe head and upper body injuries he sustained in the crash, The Daily Mail noted.

Edmondson was steering a Phantom 19 powerboat alongside female co-driver, Annika Hawthorne, at the time of the collision, The Mirror noted.

She was treated for shock after the incident. Both drivers in the second boat were unharmed.

Susan Carter was at the scene when the incident took place.

She told KentOnline that officials had to push back the dense crowd to allow for emergency services to access the scene.

"There were many spectators who had to be moved back to the promenade area from the slipway and pier before the helicopter could land," she said.

"The emergency services were only just arriving by road so the event marshals were controlling the crowd and clearing the area so the helicopter could land safely."

Kevin Edmondson's daughter, Demi Edmondson, took to Facebook to mourn the loss of her father.

"My heart is completely broken but cannot thank everyone enough for your kind words and messages at this time," she wrote. "Dad you truly are one in a million, I cannot put into words how much I’m going to miss you. R.I.P you absolute legend. You’re with grandad now."

There have been several other incidents in which dozens of people have been killed and injured in powerboat accidents.

In 2013, at least 18 were reported hurt after a 36-foot Carrera powerboat collided with a smaller boat at popular Sand Cut near Elliott Key in Florida's Biscayne National Park.

In 2011 a powerboat struck concrete footing on the Hudson River in upstate New York before sinking before sunrise, killing four occupants and seriously injuring two others.

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A powerboat racer was killed by a flying propeller that dislodged when the boat he was driving smashed into another speedboat during a race in the West Bay in Dorset, England, on Sunday.
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