A powerboat racing pilot was killed on Sunday after he collided with another competitor in a race in Italy.
The accident took place during a Grand Prix race at the Idroscalo, an artificial lake near Milan.
48-year-old Paolo Zantelli – a two time European champion and the current italian champion was trapped underwater when his boat capsized immediately after the collision.
Zantelli who was second in the overall World Cup standings – remained underwater for several minutes before being pulled out by life guards.
He was then rushed to a nearby hospital in a critical condition but died of his injuries.
Zantelli was considered Italy’s leading expert of his sports category following a career in the UIM F2 division that spanned 17 years.