One Killed, Another Is Injured During Offshore Power Boat Race
One man died and another was injured Sunday when their boat turned over and sank during competition in the Trump Castle World Offshore Power Championships near Atlantic City.
Kevin Brown, 37, of Rocky River, Ohio, who was driving the Team Skater power boat, was killed and the boat’s throttleman, James Dyke, was slightly injured in the accident. The two were competing in the championship race for boats in the Union Internationale Motonautique Class II, said Pam Sinderbrand, a spokeswoman for Trump Castle.
Sinderbrand said Dyke, of Bay Village, Ohio, was in stable condition at an Atlantic City hospital, which officials declined to identify. An age for Dyke was not immediately available.
The 32-foot racing boat was headed southwest about 2 1/2 miles from the starting line when its bow launched into the air, hooked the water and rolled, landing upright, according to a statement released by the American Power Boat Assn., the sport’s national governing body. The association said Brown died instantly from head and neck injuries.
Sinderbrand said Team Skater had been racing for about 28 minutes at about 73.57 m.p.h. She said the boat was traveling faster than the average speed of the winning boat.