Teenager fights for life after speedboat crash

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A TEENAGER is fighting for life after the speedboat he was in crashed into a buoy and flipped over.

The accident happened at 8.20am today and four people were on board.

A speedboat on a test run dramatically flipped over at the entrance to a marina today leaving a teenager fighting for life Picture: Daniel Ubertini

A speedboat on a test run dramatically flipped over at the entrance to a marina today leaving a teenager fighting for life Picture: Daniel Ubertini

A rescue helicopter and police marine unit from Lee-on-the-Solent were sent to the accident near the Warsash Maritime academy, which is on the River Hamble near the entrance to Southampton Water.

Eyewitness Daniel Ubertini, who was out taking photos of the speedboat (seen in the sequence above), described the scene as he watched the craft flip.

The 66-year-old French national, who moved to the UK two months ago, said the driver had been testing around the Solent, travelling via the Isle of Wight and Southampton.

He said: ‘This morning was a perfect day to take some pictures and do some tests on the speed boat.

‘The boat came in after going around Southampton, Gosport and the Isle of Wight and he was on his way back when he turned at the end of the Hamble river.

‘He hit a buoy and he flipped on there. Within 15 or 20 minutes the boat was surrounded by about six other boats helping the injured.’

Mr Ubertini, a yacht valeter at Hamble Point Yacht Charters, said people began making frantic calls to the emergency services.

One man was winched out of the sea by the coastguard helicopter before being taken to Southampton General Hospital by ambulance with life-threatening injuries.

Another man in his 20s and two other men in their 50s were taken to Southampton to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

James Way, maritime operations controller for the coastguard said: ‘All four people were transferred by lifeboat to the shore. The Police and the Marine Accident Investigation Branch have been informed.’

Two lifeboat crews from Calshot were also at the scene, along with a Hazardous Area Response Team from South Central Ambulance Service, four ambulance crews and the Thames Valley air ambulance was scrambled.

Garry Ames, 42, of Swanwick, was also at Hamble Point Marina and said he believed the boat was a Vector Martini race boat.

He has seen it moored nearby at Driver’s Wharf on the River Itchen.