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Dubai boat race crash kills two men

A power boat that crashed during a high speed race off the Gulf Arab emirate of Dubai killed two men, tournament organisers said yesterday.

Mohammad al-Mehairi, a national of the United Arab Emirates, and Jean-Marc Sanchez, of France, died "following a racing accident during race one of the Dubai Grand Prix," according to a statement posted on their website (www.class-1.com).

"Safety personnel attended to both pilots at the scene. They were subsequently airlifted to a local hospital, where all efforts to resuscitate them were in vain."

The Dubai Grand Prix is the final round of the Class 1 World Powerboat Championship.

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