UPDATED: Doctors examined him and pronounced him in stable condition. He is headed to the hospital for precautionary measures. He re-injured his arm, which already had a cast, six screws, and a metal plate in his wrist and thumb.
DETROIT, Mich. - The minutes between when a boat flips and the signal the driver's OK is excruciating. Usually, fans get word within a minute or two, most often when the cockpit hatch pops open and the driver waves.
That wasn't the case this time. Mike Allen in the U-1 was running hard in third place of the Gold Cup finals going into the Detroit Yacht Club turn when the blowover happened.
He got air and then went over.,. going a full 360 degrees and then some. The boat landed upside down, trapping Allen upside down and under water. Every hydroplane is equipped with compressed air and an escape hatch to allow drivers to escape for just this eventuality.
It was a long time before word got through to fans that Allen was out of the boat. And it was 19 minutes before the word was passed on that Allen was awake and alert.
The rescue boat did bring Allen to shore and loaded him into an ambulance to bring him to the emergency treatment center below the pit tower. Doctors examined him and pronounced him in stable condition. He was being kept there for observation but not taken to the hospital.
It was the second time this season for Allen. He flipped the U-1 in Heat 2B in Evansville, where he fractured his thumb. He's been sporting a fiberglass cast. Allen had six screws and a metal plate in his thumb and wrist.