List of fatal accidents in motorboat racing

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As motorboat racing is a dangerous sport, many individuals (including drivers, crew members, officials and spectators) have been killed in crashes related to the sport, either in a race, in qualifying, in practice or a private testing session. It has been stated that since 1940, the fatality rate in Water speed record is 85%, making it the sporting world's most hazardous competitions and approximately in offshore powerboat racing, one racer dies each year from accidents.[1]

Accidents during Water speed record[edit]

Name Date Place Boat Spec. Comment
United Kingdom Henry Segrave[2] 1930/06/13 WindermereUnited Kingdom Miss England II Driver
United Kingdom Vic Halliwell Riding engineer
United Kingdom John Cobb[3] 1952/09/29 Loch NessUnited Kingdom Crusader
Italy Mario Verga[4] 1954/10/09 Lago d'IseoItaly Laura 3
United Kingdom Donald Campbell[5] 1967/01/04 Coniston WaterEngland Bluebird K7
United States Lee Taylor[6] 1980/11/13 Lake TahoeUnited States Discovery II Test run
United States Craig Arfons[7] 1989/07/09 Lake JacksonUnited States Rain X Challenger

Accidents during an Unlimited Hydroplane race[edit]

Name Date Race Place Boat Spec. Comment
New Jersey Bill Freitag[8] 1931/09/19 President's Cup Potomac River Miss Philadelphia
Michigan Joe Schaeffer[9] 1939/08/28 Test run Detroit River Delphine IX
Oregon Orth Mathiot[10][11] 1951/08/04 Gold Cup Lake Washington Quicksilver Driver
Oregon Thompson "Thom" Whitaker[10] Co-pilot/mechanic
Michigan Lloyd Maddock [12][13] 1955/06/25 Detroit Memorial Regatta Detroit River Holiday
Italy Ezio Selva [14][15][16][17][18] 1957/12/29 Orange Bowl Regatta Grand Prix Biscayne Bay Moschettiere
Ontario Bob Hayward [19][20][21] 1961/09/10 Silver Cup Detroit River Miss Supertest
Ohio Ron Musson [22][23] 1966/06/19 President's Cup Potomac River Miss Bardahl Explosion during race
Washington (state) Rex Manchester [22][23] Notre Dame Collision during final heat
Washington (state) Don Wilson [22][23] Miss Budweiser
Virginia Chuck Thompson [24][25] 1966/07/03 Gold Cup Detroit River Smirnoff
Washington (state) Bill Brow [26][27] 1967/11/06 Tampa Suncoast Cup Tampa Bay Miss Budweiser
Idaho Warner Gardner [28][29][30] 1968/09/08 Gold Cup Detroit River Miss Eagle Electric
Washington (state) Tommy Fults [31][32][33] 1970/09/16 Gold Cup Mission Bay Pay 'n Pak's 'lil Buzzard Qualifying run
Ohio Skipp Walther [34][35][36] 1974/06/02 Champion Spark Plug Trophy Miami Marine Stadium Red Man Test run prior to race
Washington (state) Jerry Bangs [37][38][39] 1977/08/07 Seafair Trophy Lake Washington The Squire
California Bill Muncey [40][41] 1981/10/18 UIM World Championship race Acapulco Atlas Van Lines
Florida Dean Chenoweth [42][43] 1982/07/31 Columbia Cup Columbia River Miss Budweiser
California George Stratton [44][45] 2000/09/17 Testing Mission Bay Appian Jeronimo

Accidents during offshore powerboat racing[edit]

Name Role Date Series Race Place Boat Spec. Comment
Kevin Brown Owner/Driver 1989/10/23 APBA/UIM Worlds Championship Atlantic City, New Jersey 32 ft Skater Team Skater UIM II (Modified Class)Jim Dyke throttle-Man Kevin Brown Owner/Driver
Val Carr 1972 Schwepps 80 Port Jackson, Sydney, Australia [46][47][48]
Paul Carr
Alf Bontoft Driver 1976/08/29 Cowes-Torquay Enfield Marine "Blitz" [49]
Joel Halpern Driver 1981/03/29 APBA Halter 200 Lake Pontchartrain, New Orleans Michelob Light [50][51]
Dick Fullam driver 1985 APBA Key West Still Crazy Fullam had a previous career as a CFL player[52]
Mike Poppa Throttleman
Mark Lavin Throttleman 1986 APBA Key West Jesse James [51]
Didier Pironi Driver 1987/08/23 Offshore World Championship Needles Trophy Isle of Wight, United Kingdom ACX "Colibri" - Lamborghini [53]
Jean-Claude Guénard Throttleman
Bernard Giroux Navigator
Thomas Brandt pilot 1988 APBA Sheffield Oil Unocal 76 Offshore Classic Panama City, Florida Spirit of Miss Liberty [54][55]
Don Wright throttleman
Stefano Casiraghi Throttleman 1990/10/03 Class 1 WOC Monaco French Riviera Pinot di Pinot
Shannon Pearce Driver 1990 Cock of the Mersey - Devonport Apex Regatta Mersey River, Latrobe, Tasmania, Australia [56]
Brass Wilcockson Navigator 1991 Class 3D National Championship Allhallows, River Thames, United Kingdom Puma Catamaran
Hamed Buhaleeba Throttleman 1995/08/25 Class Two World Offshore Championship Cowes, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom Victory M-1-Sterling Chevrolet V6 [57][58][59]
Khalid Al-Sabah 1997/03/30 Class Two Middle-East Offshore Championship Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates [60]
Jack Carmody Driver 2001 APBA Offshore Pro Series Corpus Christi, Texas Xtreme Carlos N'Charlie's [1][61]
Sergio Carpentieri Throttleman June 30, 2007 Powerboat P1 World Championship Travemünde, Germany Carpenter [62]
Kevin Graff Driver August 24, 2008 OPA Battle on the Bay Patchogue, New York "Aero Express" MTI [63]
Phil DeJana Throttleman
Joey Gratton Throttleman 2011/11/11 Superboat International 31st Annual World Championships Key West, Florida Page Motor Sports [64]
Mohammad Al Mehairi Driver 2009/12/11 Class One World Offshore Championship Dubai Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC), Mina Seyahi Victory 1 [65][66]
Jean-Marc Sanchez Throttleman
William Nocker Driver 2012/07/13 UIM Class-1 Gabon Grand Prix Libreville, Gabon Welmax [67]

Accidents during outboard powerboat racing[edit]

Name Date Series Race Place Machine
Italy Cesare Scotti[68] 1974/10/06 ON (2000 cc) Six Hours of Paris Seine River Scotti - Evinrude
United Kingdom Peter Inward[69] 1983/07/03 British F2 Powerboat Championship Fairford Hodges / Mercury
United States Ken Stevenson[70] 1983/12/11 Formula 2 Powerboat World Championship Nassau-Paradise Island Strait Bahamas
Italy Luigi Valdano[71] 1984/05/27 Formula 1 Powerboat World Championship Grote Prijs van Nederland Ertveld Plas, 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
France Gérard Barthelemy[72] 1984/06/02 Formula 1 Powerboat World Championship Paris Grand Prix Seine River, Paris, France Hodges - Evinrude
Italy Roberto Saviero[73] 1984/08/03 Formula 1 Powerboat World Championship Private test Po River, near Piacenza, Italy "Esercito Italiano" Molinari - Evinrude
United Kingdom Tom Percival[74] 1984/08/19 Formula 1 Powerboat World Championship Grand Prix de Belgique Benson & Hedges Meuse River, Liège, Belgium Hodges - Evinrude
France Philippe Rebulet[75] 1988/11/06 Six Hours of Paris Seine River  ?
France François Salabert[76] June 10, 1990 Formula 1 Powerboat World Championship Embassy Grand Prix Bristol, United Kingdom
Poland Bolesław Niklewski 1991/07/03 Malta Circuit, Poznań Poland
United Kingdom John Hill[77][78] 1993/04/16 Formula 1 Powerboat World Championship Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Burgess / Mercury
France Roger Demares[79] 1995/05/02 24 heures Motonautiques de Rouen Seine River  ?
United Kingdom Andy Chesman[80] 1998/07/19 European Formula 500 Championship Hamburg, Germany Fort Boat / König
France Francis Maré[81] 1999/05/01 24 heures Motonautiques de Rouen Seine River  ?
Poland Mirosław Kędziora[82] 2001/09/23 S-550 World Championship Trzcianka Poland
Russia Victor Kunitch[83] 2001/10/28 Formula 1 Powerboat World Championship Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates
Italy Vincenzo Polli[84] 2002/12/21 Formula 1 Powerboat World Championship Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates
 Mike Lovell (GBR) [85][86] 2012/09/16 P1 Superstock Series Weymouth United Kingdom Peters & May - P1 Panther 250 UK[87]
Joe Mahmah 2012/11/04 [united kingdom]

Accidents during hydroplane and displacement racing[edit]

Name Date Competition Race Place Boat Spec. Comment
Jack Turner[88][89] 1948/08/23 Canadian Gold Cup Picton, Ontario Ventnor "Tops III"
Dennis Hall 1989/01/15 Unlimited Unrestricted race Deepwater Motor Boat Club, Milperra 6 Litre Displacement "CAINAM" As 2 boats were approaching a turn buoy, the other boat failed to turn & ran over the top of Mr Hall's boat & Mr Hall was fatally injured.
Doug Jancura 2004/04/17 American Power Boat Association Testing American Lake, Lakewood, Washington, USA Strutin PS 1 - Pro Stock Flatbottom Sprint Boat
Larry Martin[90][91] 2004/11/06 Australian Power Boat Association Wide Bay Bundy Thunder Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia Trojan - 6 litre Displacement
Geoff Tomkins 2007/03/04 Devonport Apex Regatta Cock of the Mersey Mersey River, Latrobe, Tasmania, Australia "Iron Nuts" - Unlimited Displacement
János Feil[92] 2008/05/11 UIM European Championship F350 Po River, Boretto, Italy
Brian McCosker 2010/04/03 Taree Aquatic Power Boat Club Easter Classic Stuart Doyle Cup - NSW Unlimited Displacement Championship Taree, New South Wales, Australia Liberty - Unlimited Displacement
David Bryant 2010/04/04 Taree Aquatic Power Boat Club Easter Classic Eastway Shield - NSW Unlimited Open Inboard Championship Taree, New South Wales, Australia She's the Culprit - Unlimited Displacement Mr Bryant was fatally injured from a mechanical failure causing the boat to flip at high speed
John Cross 2010/09/28 Australian Power Boat Association Lake Mulwala Power, Victorian Council APBA Yarrawonga, Victoria, Australia Rival - Unlimited Displacement Mr cross had just passed the finish line in a final race when a propeller ear broke causing the boat to flip
Ryan Butler 2011/07/09 American Power Boat Association UIM World Flatbottom Championships Black Lake, Olympia, Washington, USA Scooty-Puff. Sr. PS 44 - Super Stock Flatbottom Sprint Boat

Accidents during drag boat racing[edit]

Name Date Race Place Boat Spec. Comment
Hugh Jones 1986/06/21 ADBA Molson Drag Boat Challenge London ON BFH Stage fright Comment
Mac Bale[93][94] 1970/02/01 Lake Ming, Bakersfield, California, United States
Jan Barrett[94][95] 1973/10/07 Lake Ming, Bakersfield, California, United States Water speed record attempt
David Skalicky[93] 2005/07/10 Southern Drag Boat Association Ozarka Bricktown Nationals Bricktown Drag Boat Circuit, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States "Bad Boy's Dixie Toy"
Dale Anderson[96] 2002/09/08 National Jet Boat Association Bakersfield, California, United States Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States "Bad Boy's Dixie Toy"

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