Powerboat driver Mike Lovell dies in hospital after crash during P1 SuperStock at Weymouth

Southampton powerboat racer Mike Lovell

The powerboat recovered after the crash

First published in Eastleigh Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Crime Reporter

A Southampton powerboat racer has died after his boat flipped over at high speed during a race.

Driver Mike Lovell, from the city, died last night at Southampton General Hospital after sustaining serious injuries during the crash in Weymouth yesterday.

His navigator, Dan Whapples, from Warsash, is currently in a serious but stable condition.

A spokesperson from P1 SuperStock said that their thoughts were with the whole powerboat community and particularly with Mike and Dan’s family and friends.

The pair had been taking part in a national powerboat racing Championship in Weymouth Bay yesterday afternoon when they were thrown clear from their vessel as it rolled over.

They were recovered from the water before being flown to Southampton General Hospital .

A spokesman for the Coastguard, which was called to the accident, said: “The casualties were recovered from the water and to enable a quick transfer to hospital, the most severely injured casualty was taken aboard the Weymouth RNLI lifeboat and winched by the Portland Coastguard Rescue Helicopter to fly onwards to Southampton General Hospital.

“The second casualty was transferred to Southampton General Hospital by the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Helimed 10.
“Wyke Regis Coastguard Rescue Team was on scene at Weymouth and

Southampton Coastguard Rescue Team was called out to secure the helicopter landing site.”

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.

Organisers of the P1 SuperStock UK Championship cancelled the race.

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9:01am Mon 17 Sep 12

Lockssmart says...

Such sad news
Such sad news Lockssmart
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9:51am Mon 17 Sep 12

Stillness says...

Lockssmart wrote:
Such sad news
It is but I wonder how many of us will be doing what we love when it's our turn.
[quote][p][bold]Lockssmart[/bold] wrote: Such sad news[/p][/quote]It is but I wonder how many of us will be doing what we love when it's our turn. Stillness
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9:59am Mon 17 Sep 12

veedubber says...

Sad news indeed. Such a nice guy. Mike used to look after my car at Brookspeed. R.I.P.
Sad news indeed. Such a nice guy. Mike used to look after my car at Brookspeed. R.I.P. veedubber
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11:21am Mon 17 Sep 12

saints4eva12 says...

R.I.P MIKE LOVELL my sympathies goes to his family . hope dan makes a good recovery
R.I.P MIKE LOVELL my sympathies goes to his family . hope dan makes a good recovery saints4eva12
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11:39am Mon 17 Sep 12

Paramjit Bahia says...

Mike Lovell’s passing away at young age is not only great loss to his family but also to whole to the sporting community. Full sympathy and thoughts of all those who like sports are rightly with his loved ones left behind. R.I.P Mike

Hope Dan Whapples makes full recovery soon.
Mike Lovell’s passing away at young age is not only great loss to his family but also to whole to the sporting community. Full sympathy and thoughts of all those who like sports are rightly with his loved ones left behind. R.I.P Mike Hope Dan Whapples makes full recovery soon. Paramjit Bahia
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11:41am Mon 17 Sep 12

ToastyTea says...

Very sad.
Very sad. ToastyTea
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1:19pm Mon 17 Sep 12

MrMDStreet says...

It saddens me to see this news. Mike was a good friend to me while we were at secondary school.

RIP Mike and best wishes to Dan for a full recovery.
It saddens me to see this news. Mike was a good friend to me while we were at secondary school. RIP Mike and best wishes to Dan for a full recovery. MrMDStreet
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10:42am Tue 18 Sep 12

basslineboy09 says...

Mike is and always will be a total legend. Genuinely loved by ALOT of people. He will be missed more than he would even understand. All the luck in the world to Dan still fighting for his life. We're all behind you brother.
Mike is and always will be a total legend. Genuinely loved by ALOT of people. He will be missed more than he would even understand. All the luck in the world to Dan still fighting for his life. We're all behind you brother. basslineboy09
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