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Timeline: Watersports accidents in the UAE

Here's a list of fatal watersports accidents that have happened in the UAE

  • Gulf News Report
  • Published: 10:34 December 12, 2009
  • December 11, 2009
    December 11, 2009

    Mohammad Bin Majid Al Muhairi and Jean-Marc Sanchez died in an accident during the 2009 UIM/WPPA Class One World Powerboat Championship in the UAE

  • May 11, 2009
    May 11, 2009

    Mohammad Al Qamzi was a dedicated X-Cat pilot racing with the Abu Dhabi Racing Team in the World X-Cat Powerboat series when he was involved in an accident during the fourth round of the championship held at the DIMC.

  • December 20, 2002
    December 20, 2002

    Vincenzo Polli, a relative rookie to the spectacular world of F1 powerboat racing, died at the age of 37 following an ill-fated accident in Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

  • October 28, 2001
    October 28, 2001

    Latvian driver Viktor Kunitch sustained head injuries after colliding with three other boats in the first lap of the UIM 2001 Championship race held at the Abu Dhabi Breakwater area.

  • March 2, 1997
    March 2, 1997

    Shaikh Khalid Al Sabah, Kuwaiti prince died after his head hit the boat's deck after it turned over several times in the air during an international powerboat race in Abu Dhabi.

  • August 25, 1995
    August 25, 1995

    Hamed Buhaleeba, one of the UAE's most successful sportsmen, died in an accident during the World Class 2 and 3 powerboat championships. He was driving the 32-foot Dubai Victory catamaran, Victory 1, when it overturned off England's southern coast near Ryde, Isle of Wight.

  • April 16, 1993
    April 16, 1993

    John Hill, a veteran of powerboat racing died when his Burgess Catamaran flipped and overturned as was he taking his 30th lap at the second round of the UIM World Formula One Grand Prix at Abu Dhabi Breakwater.

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