Hydroplane flips and ejects driver in spectacular crash on Rogue River

Hydroplane flips and ejects driver in spectacular crash on Rogue River

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Hydroplane flips and ejects driver in spectacular crash on Rogue River

The driver of a hydroplane miraculously walked away unscathed after his boat caught air, flipped over backward and ejected him in a spectacular crash during a Memorial Day race on the Rogue River in Grants Pass, Ore.

Cameron Kirkland was in third place during the Tom Rice Memorial White Water Hydroplane Race at the annual Boatnik event when the incident occurred on the third leg, according to videographer Gary Padgett, who posted the video Friday.

Padgett, a former jet boat racer, captured the footage from a drone, telling BNQT that it was in the right place to record the “once-in-a-lifetime shot.”

“The wind was blowing pretty hard up river so when he bounced off a wave, wind got underneath the boat,” Padgett explained to BNQT. “This caused the front end to rise and flip over backward.

“It was a scary moment as that is an extremely shallow area. All the people on the island are from racing families so we take this all pretty serious. I used to race the two-man marathon jet boats on this river over 100 mph and know how stressful it can be for the families.

“I was able to show the driver the footage once we knew he wasn’t hurt.”

The boat, however, did not survive unscathed, sustaining an undetermined amount of damage.

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