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Driver Dies After Speed Boat Flips

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Craig Arfons died after his jet-powered hydroplane flipped several times at more than 300 m.p.h. during an attempt to set a world water speed record at Sebring, Fla. He was 39.

Arfons, whose father, Walt, and uncle, Art, both held world land speed records in the 1960s, was pronounced dead from internal injuries shortly after the accident on Sebring’s Jackson Lake.

Members of Arfons’ World Speed Records Inc. racing team monitored his run and estimated Arfons’ boat was going about 370 m.p.h. when the accident occured.

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