August 8, 2009

Man killed in powerboat crash during race

A man was killed Saturday in an English powerboat race after his boat was struck by another as he rounded a turn.

Alex Edmunds, 41, was a co-pilot, The Times of London said. The race was his first.

Hundreds of spectators, including Edmunds' parents, were watching the regatta in the harbor in the southeastern port of Dover. The rest of the powerboat races at the two-day Dover Regatta were canceled.

Barry Williams, of the Royal Yachting Association, told The Daily Telegraph both boats involved in the crash were crewed by members of the Allhallows Yacht Club in nearby Rochester and the members knew each other well.

Edmunds' boat spun out as it rounded a buoy on the course.

There was nowhere for the boat behind to go, a witness said. It went over the top of the other boat.

Edmunds died shortly after the collision as rescue workers prepared to load him into a rescue helicopter. The other pilot in his boat and the two people in the other boat escaped serious injury.