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Old 04-04-2005, 10:47 AM
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Australian Associated Press
April 4, 2005


Businessman survives 185kmh powerboat crash

A man survived a 185 kmh powerboat accident on the Derwent River in Hobart.

Tony Low was pulled unconscious from his upturned boat, Smorgon Steel, after it flipped during the third heat of the Australian Offshore Powerboat Championships in Hobart yesterday.

The Dandenong businessman - the boat's throttle operator - was taken to the Royal Hobart Hospital after suffering head injuries in the accident.

A hospital spokeswoman said today he was in a stable condition.

His driver and fellow Melbourne businessman Simon Isherwood broke several bones including his collarbone and ribs.

Australian Offshore Powerboat Club Rear Commodore Russell Embleton said today the accident was just "one of those things".

"They had reached the rougher end of the course and obviously just caught a wave or a wave's caught the boat and it rolled sideways and landed on its roof," he said.

The million-dollar Smorgon Steel was travelling at about 100 nautical miles per hour (185 kmh) when the accident occurred - almost halfway through the first lap of the 10-lap heat.
Low and Isherwood had about 50 years' combined racing experience and Rear Commodore Embleton said they were "giving it a good crack" when the boat flipped.

The accident forced organisers to cancel the remaining heats of the championship's third round.

"We contemplated restarting but obviously when something like that happens that involves the rescue boats and the rescue divers to set things up again and make sure that everyone's got a fresh mind and total concentration," Rear Commodore Embleton said.

"I judged that that was probably unlikely to be able to be the case."

AOPC will investigate the accident and report back to its governing body, the Australian Powerboat Association, in the next two weeks.

"If there's anything to be learnt, we'll learn it and go forward," he said.
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Rear Commodore? Giving it a good crack? Learnt? Things truly are different "down under."

At least they survived.
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