World speedboat racing champion Warwick Lapton miraculously escaped death last Sunday, 26 April. During the New Zealand Powerboat National Championships, the competitor's seaplane soared into the air at about 300 km/h (about 160 knots) and flipped several times, then landed hard on the water. Fortunately, the pilot only sustained minor scratches.
The fifty-five year old racer says that he was not scared at all and will continue to take up his favourite sport in the future. When asked about his thoughts «in flight» he told the local media the following: «There were not many thoughts in my head. I was just hanging in the air. It's a hell of a view. <...> I wasn't worried at all».