Drivers escape horrifying 120mph powerboat crash

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Powerboat drivers walk away after vessel flips 360 degrees in 120mph crash

Spectators at the F2 World Powerboat Championships in Nottinghamshire watched in horror as two powerboats clipped each other at the end of a 120mph straight.

The drivers of the two powerboats miraculously escaped after they crashed and flipped into the air during a qualifying session.

According to SWNS, the No 14 boat piloted by Swedish driver Jonas Andersson launched into the air and flipped 360 degrees before crashing back into the water. Meanwhile, the No 6 racer driven by fellow Swede Ola Petterssen barrel-rolled before landing upright.

Powerboat drivers walk away after vessel flips 360 degrees in 120mph crash


Photographer Graham Jones captured these dramatic shots and told the Daily Mail that the boats suddenly "took off".

He said: "They had just come down the straight and were about to turn around the buoys at the end of the circuit when they clipped each other.

Powerboat drivers walk away after vessel flips 360 degrees in 120mph crash


"They took off and kind of disintegrated as bits flew off of them."

Jones added: "Amazingly both drivers seemed to be ok. One of them got out and stood on his boat with his hand in the air to indicate he was alright."

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