Flipped Runabout

This photo is not my work, I’ve no copyright. This is basically what happened to my father in 1968 but driving a larger, faster boat. This is a Runabout, his boat was a Hydroplane, there’s a big difference in the hull configurations and power heads. Father was hit by the boat as it came back down from flipping at over 100mph, the boat cracked a rib which punctured one of his lungs.

He was in the hospital in Tennessee for several weeks. When he finally came home to Michigan he hid behind a kitchen door and surprised my sister and I. And it was indeed a wonderful surprise to see my dad! I was an eight year old kid, my sister was thirteen! He made a full recovery and looking back at this now, he was damn bloody lucky the boat didn’t kill him.

And this is exactly why my mother said no more boat racing!

Categories:America, Family, Memories, Michigan, Photography, Thoughts

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3 replies

  1. Woah. I’m so glad he was ok

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