Boater killed during Black Lake Regatta hydroplane race

The Tacoma News Tribune reports that a Ryan Butler, a 32-year-old boat racer from Buckley, was killed on Saturday when he crashed his hydroplane during the Black Lake Regatta.

According to the report, he crashed his boat during a heat of racing on Saturday. The boat sank after the accident.

This boating accident occurred on the same day the Seafair pirates landed at Alki Beach as part of the kick off of Seattle’s Seafair Festival.

Hydroplane racing is the main attraction of the Seattle’s Seafair festival.

Hydroplane racing is a dangerous sport as the boats reach speeds of up to 200 MPH. Racing deaths used to be considered almost common place but safety features including safety vests, Kevlar cockpits and design improvements have improved operator safety. However, this is the second hydroplane fatality this year. The first accident occurred on Lake Lawrence in April.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in boating and watercraft accidents and the family of those who have died.

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