Hampshire & Isle of Wight

British powerboat racer hurt in Malta accident

A British powerboat racer is recovering at home in Southampton after losing control of her boat in a race in Valletta, Malta, on Sunday.

Shelley Jory-Leigh was travelling at 87mph (140km/h) during the final of the Malta Grand Prix of the Sea when her boat hit a large wave awkwardly.

Her co-driver Patrick Huybreghts was catapulted into the sea.

Ms Jory-Leigh, 39, who was left bruised after hitting the boat's hull, said: "We were lucky to walk away."

'Unusual wave'

She was able to radio for help immediately and the pair were taken to hospital where they were treated for bruising.

The accident happened while they were on the ninth lap of the race in their Spirit of Belgium racing boat.

She said: "Unfortunately it was just a very unusual wave.

"We call it hooking - you catch the wrong wave at the wrong time. It literally hooks you and you get thrown side-to-side.

"I was tossed around like a rag doll."

Ms Jory-Leigh, who presents BBC Radio Solent's H2O show and lives in Sarisbury Green, has been powerboat racing since 2002.

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