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Accident experts raise ‘serious concerns’ about speedboat crash near Southampton

15th May 2015

Marine accident lawyer and former National and European sailing champion, Vicky Hydon of Moore Blatch says that the firm is seeing an increase in boating accidents where passengers have been left with serious life-changing injuries.

The latest incident which took place in the Solent on the morning of 13 May, involved a Vector powerboat prototype, on a scheduled test run, which was reported to have struck a buoy and ‘flipped’ in water close to the Warsash Maritime academy, which is on the River Hamble near the entrance to Southampton Water.

“Whilst we are still awaiting the full details of this incident, we are deeply concerned to learn of the circumstances. There will undoubtedly be questions around the collision, which appears to have caused the driver of the boat to lose control, and only a full investigation will reveal if this was an avoidable incident. At this time our thoughts are with those that have been injured and their families,” comments Vicky.

All on board were reportedly taken to Southampton General Hospital and whilst three people have been discharged, one remains in hospital in a stable condition, after he sustained a serious head injury during the crash.

Vicky, who has previously acted on behalf of a passenger struck by a RIB, that was thrown into the water and sustained a serious lower limb injury, successfully argued that the failure to wear a kill cord at the helm breached health and safety measures and could have prevented the occurrence of the accident. She comments: “Rehabilitation is often a key concern following serious injuries, such as brain, spinal or amputation, with the personal injury process providing access to essential support at an early stage, which ensures the person injured the best possible chance of recovery.”

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