Maybe the scariest hydroplane video we've seen. U-6 Driver Steve David: "I was literally 10 feet from being dead" - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Maybe the scariest hydroplane video we've seen. U-6 Driver Steve David: "I was literally 10 feet from being dead"

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TRI-CITIES, Wash. - There was a cockpit camera on-board the U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto during Heat 3B on the Columbia River Sunday and it caught these dramatic pictures.  Above is a frame by frame account of what driver Steve David saw flash before his eyes as the U-13 and drive J. Michael Kelly flew past literally inches from the cockpit window.

The U-13 ended up upside down on the river.  As silence fell over the crowd, minutes seemed to tick by without any sign of Kelly.  When a rescue crew arrived, they were able to pull Kelly out of the boat, but from the shoreline, it appeared he wasn't moving.  It was several minutes before officials reported that Kelly was alert and talking to rescuers.

J. Michael Kelly was been taken to the hospital and is reported that he will be okay.  He is suffering from pain in his left elbow and shin.

Steve David, U-6 driver: "I knew it was pretty close - nothing you could do - it just happens too fast. We had no place to go.  You can't turn left, you might turn right into him.  You can't turn right, that's where he's going.  You just ride through and hope..."

A boat pushed Kelly and the U-13 out in turn one.  "He went right to avoid that," David said; "and he smacked us pretty bad.  Pretty loose on the back stretch.  He just lifted in the wind."

"Our initial collision may have precipitated that (the flip)."

Davidf told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:  "I was literally 10 feet from being dead.  These cockpits are designed to absorb the impact of birds, basically. A seagull traveling 500 mph can hit the cockpit and it'll withstand that, but I don't think it'll do well if a 7,000-pound boat hits it. I'm lucky. Period."

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