A young man who suffered a fractured skull when a powerboat went over the top of his head has been awarded £5.5 million in damages.
Ben Ridd suffered horrific personal injuries as a 13-year-old when he took part in a race in June 2005 in Dorset.
Now 23, the Poole youngster spent three weeks in a coma after the accident at Portland Harbour.
Serious head injury
Race organisers the Royal Yachting Association admitted liability at the High Court and will pay Mr Ridd funds to meet his lifetime care needs, as well as £1 million in costs.
He had been co-driver on the Sorcerer boat with a boy aged 10 when it “hooked”, coming to a sudden stop at a marker buoy, Mr Justice Mitting heard.
A boat following closely behind went over the top of Mr Ridd’s head. He had been wearing a standard-sized adult helmet, which was later found in the water.
Solicitors for Mr Ridd said that after the crash, he required intensive rehabilitation therapy, and has been left with a variety of problems following the boat accident.
Despite these setbacks, Mr Ridd was an Olympic torchbearer in 2012, and completed a business course at college.
Solicitor Kim Chamberlain said it had been a “long battle” to get a fair settlement for Ben, and giving him the option to move forward and have his needs met for life was “extremely pleasing”.
Source: BBC News