The boats are built for speed, and the drivers live to break records.
Keith Whittle was just lucky he didn’t break any bones when his Formula 2 Class powerboat blew over at 132.18 mph — a new F2 record — and flipped 1-1/2 times.
Whittle, who suffered only bruises in the crash, can be seen swimming out from under the boat in this video of the blowover.
“Keith was very lucky,” racing spokesman Glynn Cunliffe told the Westmorland Gazette. “It looked like the sponson lifted up in the air. It could have been a gust of wind that did it.”
The setting was the 44th annual Coniston Records Week, held on Coniston Water, the third-largest lake in northern England’s Lake District.
It was on the same lake in 1967 that British driver Donald Campbell was killed while attempting to break a world record in his boat, Bluebird.