Vintage hydroplane driver killed in incident at Madison Regatta

Mark Campbell, Courier Staff Writer, Twitter @mscnewsman

Saturday, July 6, 2019 3:24 PM

The driver of a vintage hydroplane was killed in testing Saturday for this weekend’s Madison Regatta hydroplane races on the Ohio River at Madison.

Rick Beatty, owner and driver of the vintage H-202 Heavy Duty, was running test laps on the Ohio River when he hit a wake and was ejected from the open cockpit of the boat.

According to Jefferson County Coroner Rodney Nay, the driver was pulled from the water by safety and rescue personnel, who could not find a pulse. EMT’s administered cardio pulmonary resuscitation en route to King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison where he was pronounced dead at 12:06 p.m.

Beatty is of Dayton Ohio. His family has been notified and an autopsy is pending.

The boat, a 7-Litre modified hydroplane was built by Henry Lauterbach in 1964.

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