According to news reports from the United Kingdom, Simon Dredge, the teenage son of world champion offshore racer Peter Dredge, suffered life-threatening injuries in an accident near the entrance of Hamble Marina in Hampshire on Wednesday morning.
The Vector V40 Martini raceboat crashed while testing Wednesday in the U.K. Photo by Daniel Ubertini/Solent News & Photo Agency
Peter Dredge and two other passengers were taken to Southampton General Hospital with non life-threatening injuries and have since been discharged after the Vector Martini Racing V40 canopied raceboat from Vector Powerboats and its London-based distributor Vector World struck a buoy during a test session and overturned near the Warsash Maritime Academy on The Solent.
Simon remains in critical condition at the hospital but is responding positively according Rex Jardine, who founded Vector in 2005. When asked about the condition of the boat, Jardine, who said his primary concern was for the Dredge family at the moment, told speedonthewater.com that structurally the 40-foot V-bottom held up well despite taking much of the impact on the backside of the canopy.
A joint investigation into the crash is being carried out by Hampshire Police Marine Unit and the Marine Accident Investigation Branch. You can read the full reports from both BBC and The Telegraph by clicking the highlighted links for even more details. The Telegrah has a separate story on Dredge’s efforts to rescue his son.