Drivers OK After Hydroplane Collision

By Ian Shalapata

(DETROIT, MI) – A crash marred the Grand Prix series at Hydrofest, held in the basin near the Detroit Yacht club at Belle Isle yesterday. Three boats were involved in the incident, with two of them colliding and leaving one upside down.

Martin Rochon, 31, of Saint-Zotique, QC, was clipped from behind of the inside of turn 2 by the boat being driven by Brandon Kennedy, 24, of Newark, DE. Rochon’s boat was left over turned while Kennedy’s was upright but disabled.

The UAW-GM APBA Gold Cup during Hydrofest Detroit held on the Detroit River north of Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan, on 27 August 2016. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Brandon Kennedy radios in to his crew to let them know he was alright at the collision with Martin Rochon during the UAW-GM APBA Gold Cup at Hydrofest Detroit held on the Detroit River north of Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan, on 27 August 2016.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Kennedy spoke to Tony Paul of the Detroit News after being checked over by the medical team.

Divers and the rescue boat arrive to make sure Martin Rochon is alright after a collision with Brandon Kennedy at the UAW-GM APBA Gold Cup at Hydrofest Detroit held on the Detroit River north of Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan, on 27 August 2016. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Divers and the rescue boat arrive to make sure Martin Rochon is alright after a collision with Brandon Kennedy at the UAW-GM APBA Gold Cup at Hydrofest Detroit held on the Detroit River north of Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan, on 27 August 2016.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

“It was a wild ride,” he said. “A lot of things happen in this sport, but getting run over is one I never want to have happen again. As drivers, we’re not making millions doing this. We’re friends off the course. You normally leave a little more room than that.”

Both drivers were checked by medics and cleared.

Bert Henderson, of Brockville, was disqualified for cutting off Kennedy and causing the collision. Both drivers involved agreed Henderson was at fault.

For more on Hydrofest see the sports pages of The Square on Monday.

— with files from Patti Hayes.

Brandon Kennedy stands on the wing of his boat after colliding with Martin Rochon during the UAW-GM APBA Gold Cup at Hydrofest Detroit held on the Detroit River north of Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan, on 27 August 2016. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Brandon Kennedy stands on the wing of his boat after colliding with Martin Rochon during the UAW-GM APBA Gold Cup at Hydrofest Detroit held on the Detroit River north of Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan, on 27 August 2016.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Divers rig the boat driven by Martin Rochon for towing back to the dock after a collision in turn 2 at the UAW-GM APBA Gold Cup at Hydrofest Detroit held on the Detroit River north of Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan, on 27 August 2016. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Divers rig the boat driven by Martin Rochon for towing back to the dock after a collision in turn 2 at the UAW-GM APBA Gold Cup at Hydrofest Detroit held on the Detroit River north of Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan, on 27 August 2016.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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Ian Shalapata
Ian Shalapata is the owner and publisher of Square Media Group. He covers politics, the police beat, community events, the arts, sports, and everything in between. His imagery and freelance contributions have appeared in select publications and for organizations in Canada and the United States. Contact Ian with story ideas.

1 Comment on "Drivers OK After Hydroplane Collision"

  1. I’m glad everyone is ok! I just wish the recue crew that responded were named and given a little credit. They put themselves in danger to be out there. Swim in the after spill and do cleanup on top the first priority which is getting the driver to safety.

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