Two more speedboat racers were injured in a crash during Sunday’s finale of the Key West Super Boat World Championships, according to the Miami Herald. And one more racer died on Saturday.
Adding to the two deaths on Wednesday, a man of University Park, Florida, was fatally injured when his boat rolled near an offshore turn on Friday. He died early Saturday at Miami-Jackson Memorial Hospital.
The two injured on Sunday were both from New Jersey. They smacked into a wave during Sunday’s final race.
The Somers Point man was treated at Lower Keys Medical Center while the Hammonton man was evacuated to Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital with a torn ear and possible concussion, according to a race spokesman.
Even as the speedboat racers tried to outrun each other on the bumpy, six and one-half mile course, the three fatalities were a concern Sunday.
The throttleman on CMS—the Superboat Unlimited world champion owner–said, “There were a lot of things on our minds besides boat racing. It was a great victory for the team, and we’re all excited about it. But we’re also sad at the same time for our buddies and their families.”
“Everybody felt that’s what they would have wanted, was for us to go race. That’s really kind of a celebration for them,” the Team CRC throttleman for a second-place winner said.
Tearing up, he added: “And you know they’re running Godspeed up in heaven.”
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