HPROP: Hydro-Prop steps up safety program

Hydro-Prop steps up safety program for Unlimited Hydroplanes and Formula One P.R.O.P. Tour. (Lake Hamilton, Fla.) - In its' ongoing safety initiative, Hydro-Prop, Inc. announced today that it has improved safety regulations and equipment...

Hydro-Prop steps up safety program for Unlimited Hydroplanes and Formula One P.R.O.P. Tour.

(Lake Hamilton, Fla.) - In its' ongoing safety initiative, Hydro-Prop, Inc. announced today that it has improved safety regulations and equipment for both the Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Series and the Laughlin Formula One P.R.O.P. Tour presented by Bud Light. With safety being a major concern in motorsports today, Hydro-Prop spent the off-season consulting with experts in order to make both series safer for competitors.

"Gary and Bart Garbrecht have made safety a priority," said Don Pierce, Director of Rescue for Hydro-Prop. "The safety equipment and plans they have in place for this season will allow us to manage our jobs with less difficulty. Within all motorsports, accidents will likely occur and it is the organizational skills of the safety team that can usually prevent most problems. We have established a credible and professional group of safety personnel at Hydro-Prop and we all look forward to an exciting and safe season on the water."

"Safety has always been a major objective for Hydro-Prop," said Mike Noonan, Director of Safety. "Before last season, we updated most of the safety equipment for both tours. This off-season we have continued that initiative. We have a new rescue boat provided by Northwest Jet Boats and new engines and two new personal watercrafts from Yamaha. These additions will strengthen our safety equipment and allow for quicker response time should an accident occur."

"We are excited to be able to join Hydro-Prop in this capacity," said Kent Durham, Production Manager of Northwest Jet Boats, the Official Rescue Boat of Hydro-Prop. "Providing a rescue boat for the Hydro-Prop safety team is something that gives us great pride. Enabling the safety team to do their job more proficiently and possibly saving lives while using our equipment is beneficial to both Hydro-Prop and Northwest Jet Boats."

Hydro-Prop travels to each Hydros and Formula One race with an assortment of safety equipment. Besides the trucks that contain all the rescue tools, Hydro-Prop brings trailers loaded with rescue boats, personal watercrafts and zodiacs. The Hydro-Prop safety team includes professionally trained individuals who travel to every race. In addition, Hydro-Prop also works directly with local race resources including the Fire Department, Police Department and EMS. Hydro-Prop has also inquired about future safety procedures and equipment such as scuba compression tanks, a training capsule and the use of the Hans-Device as used in other major motorsports.

The Laughlin Formula One P.R.O.P. Tour presented by Bud Light begins June 1-2 at Laughlin, Nevada while the Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Series opens June 28-30 at Evansville, Indiana.

Headquartered in Lake Hamilton, Fla., HYDRO-PROP combines Unlimited Hydroplanes, the biggest, fastest racing boats in the world, with Formula One, the most versatile, fastest accelerating and fastest turning boats in the world. HYDRO-PROP events are held throughout North America and are televised during prime time on ESPN2. For more information on HYDRO-PROP, visit www.hydroprop.com

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