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Boat racer seriously hurt in crash
Boat racer seriously hurt in crash

A Perth father remains in a serious condition after a horror speedboat crash on the Swan River on Sunday.

Anthony Knight, 40, was competing in the WA Speed Boat Club’s final championship race when his boat collided with another boat on the Swan River near Burswood.

The craft were travelling at speeds of greater than 100kmh, with the force of the crash knocking Mr Knight from his boat.

He was rushed to Royal Perth Hospital and put in an induced coma.

WASBC Commodore Garry Smith said it was a particularly nasty incident.

“It’s certainly one of the worst crashes in our history, which goes back to 1949,” he said.

“Any motorsport carries some risks, but we’re all very upset.

“You never want to see something like this happen.”

He said Mr Knight was a new member, but had considerable boating experience.

“We always have stringent safety procedures in place, including two safety boats and a doctor on standby,” Mr Smith said.

He said the club would offer their full support to Mr Knight and his family.

The Australian Power Boat Association is investigating the cause of the crash.

The West Australian

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