A MAN has been airlifted to hospital following a high-speed boat crash in Sydney’s northwest.
It’s understood the outboard speed boat was competing in the 2017 Double Dash race on the Hawkesbury River when it lost control and slammed into a tree at Pitt Town shortly before 2pm on Sunday.
The driver of the vessel, a 52-year-old man, was thrown from the controls and seriously injured in the collision.
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Paramedics, officers from the NSW Roads and Maritime Service and SES volunteers worked to treat the man at the scene while waiting for CareFlight’s rapid response rescue helicopter.
A CareFlight spokesperson said the man suffered multiple injuries including fractures to his lower limbs.
He was airlifted to the Westmead Hospital in a serious but stable condition.
Fortunately, no one else was injured in the incident.
Footage from the 7 News helicopter showed crews refloating the shredded speed boat and towing it away.
Police are investigating what caused the driver to lose control.
Some of the fastest boats in Australia were tipped to take part in the Double Dash this Sunday.