It is with great sadness that the Hydroplane Racing League (HRL) officially announces the passing of Mathieu Daoust, while driving the GP-9. The accident happened during a qualifying race this Sunday, in Brockville.
The HRL offers its most sincere condolences to the family and friends of the driver, to whom we will continue to provide support.
In order to respect the family and organization’s privacy, we will not comment further on this. More details will be communicated in the coming days.
It is a great loss for the entire hydroplane family.
A Quebec hydroplane racer was killed Sunday afternoon in a tragic accident during competition in the 1000 Islands Regatta on Brockville’s waterfront.
Mathieu Daoust, of Valleyfield, was involved in a collision rounding the second turn of a Grand Prix heat.
A police boat rushed to the scene and word of the fatality quickly spread through a devastated crowd in the pit area at Centeen Park.
Women and men broke into tears as the bitter news was received and further racing was immediately halted.
Brockville Police and firefighters were called to the scene at Centeen Park at 12:43 p.m.
Details remained scarce as of 2 p.m. Police had an area of Water Street blocked off and an ambulance could be seen in the distance at the eastern tip of the street. A coroner was expected.
A stretch of Brockville’s waterfront that would normally be roaring with hydroplane engines and echoing with the sounds of joyful spectators, in one of the summer’s biggest events, was reduced to disbelieving silence.
“I am in shock,” the boat’s owner, Line Mayer, said in a brief French-language interview at the scene.
Mayer confirmed the victim’s identity, adding next of kin were also at the scene.
Source: Regatta racer killed | Brockville Recorder & Times
Quebec hydroplane pilot dies in Ontario accident | JDM
A last departure for Mathieu Daoust