On the heels of the Matthew Caldwell accident, Shaun Torrente weighs in on the importance of safety

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Via Shaun Torrente Racing on Facebook ·

I have been blessed to do what I love and race boats and specifically tunnel boats professionally since I was 14 years old.. That picture above is me crashing with @f1marit in Portugal 7 years ago.. it wasn’t my first or last crash.. A F1 Baba boat was crashed while doing a photo shoot yesterday. The person driving did not strap in and utilize the safety capsule as intended. He is really lucky to be alive. However, he and the surgeons are in a fight to save his feet that were badly injured and nearly completely severed from his body... What i am about to say may offend some, I am ok with that if it possibly saves one life... These boats are not toys, just because you have run an STV at 120 doesn’t mean you can hop in an F1 boat.. Secondly if you get in a capsule boat, STRAP IN!!! If you are worried about drowning then don’t drive it. Marit and I walked away from this crash with only hurt feelings. If the capsule is used properly there is over an 85% chance you will walk away unharmed... If you crash a capsule boat without strapping in, 95% of the time you won’t have to worry about drowning because you will already be dead or so badly injured it won’t matter.. We have all done stupid things as humans, but this is unacceptable... #safetyfirst #alien

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