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Co-pilot injured in Around the Island race

Kim McCallan, the Bermuda Power Boat Association vice-commodore, suffered non-life-threatening injuries after a crash in the annual Rubis Around the Island Power Boat Race.

The 21-foot catamaran that Ms McCallan was competing in as a co-pilot with driver Howard Ascento barrel-rolled yesterday while rounding Five Star Island, throwing both occupants out of the cockpit and into the water.

Race debutant Ms McCallan was whisked away in a crash boat to nearby Jews Bay to an awaiting ambulance and taken to hospital where she was treated for a facial cut and bruising. Mr Ascento was unharmed.

“I spoke to Ms McCallan who I wouldn't say is all right,” Henry Talbot, the BPBA commodore, said.

“She has no broken bones but does have a cut above her eye, which required stitches. Her shoulders are bruised up while

she has a few bruised spots on her body as well.”

A visibly shaken Mr Ascento spoke briefly about his harrowing ordeal back at Ferry Reach.

“I guess I went into the corner too hot trying to catch the boat in front of me,” he said. “We both got ejected from the boat. I just hope that she [McCallan] is all right.”

Out of concern for Ms McCallan, the post-race prize ceremony scheduled to be held at Ferry Reach was postponed.

“I made the decision not to have the presentation in respect of Ms McCallan, our vice-commodore, who is still at the hospital,” Mr Talbot said.

“We're probably now going to have the presentation on Saturday at Spanish Point Boat Club.”

Kim McCallan, the Bermuda Power Boat Association vice-commodore

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Published August 14, 2016 at 4:53 pm (Updated August 15, 2016 at 1:44 am)

Co-pilot injured in Around the Island race

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