Safety at forefront of minds after boat crash

Posted at 4:38 PM, Sep 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-19 19:38:38-04

Safety is at the forefront of drivers' minds at Bayfair on Mission Bay after a crash sent one man to the hospital Friday.

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The Hydroplane #18 flew through the air, flipped and landed back in the water. But, the terrifying accident didn't stop drivers like Tom Thompson from competing on day two.

"That's part of it," said Thompson. "Unfortunately, we know there's risks that you take when you're out there on the water, but as far as being scared, you can't think of things like that."

Some of the race boats can reach speeds up to 200 miles an hour. Rescue boats and paramedics are on standby throughout the three day Bayfair competition.

From the water, the boats are very impressive as they whipped by at fast speeds, leaving a trail of water flying through the air.

J. Michael Kelly drives a hydroplane boat. "You go out there, you're strapped into this small cell, you have your 5-point harness, wearing an air mask and it really is violent."

Organizers say they were prepared for an accident like the one yesterday.