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UPDATE: Wind Caused Speedboat to Flip, Crash

LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. -- UPDATE: Winds apparently caught a speedboat on Lake of the Ozarks, causing it to become airborne and flip end over end this weekend, according to the Highway Patrol.
LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. -- UPDATE:  Winds apparently caught a speedboat on Lake of the Ozarks, causing it to become airborne and flip end over end this weekend.

A report from the Missouri Highway Patrol says the crash, at the Ozarks Shootout boat race Saturday, was caused when the boat "lost control at high speeds due to wind interference."

Two men continue their recovery from injuries in the crash.  One has been released from the hospital.

Outerlimits Powerboats released information via their Facebook page Sunday on the condition of both the boat's driver and throttle man.

Mike Fiore of Bristol, Rhode Island, is the owner of Outerlimits, he was the throttle man during the run. Fiore was airlifted to University Hospital in Columbia after the crash. Outerlimits announced that Fiore remains in the hospital but is now stable and responsive.

Joel Begin, of Quebec, is the boat's owner, he was also driving the boat during the run. Begin was transported by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach after the crash, he has since been released from the hospital.



Earlier coverage:
 
LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. -- A high speed boat crash at the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout boat racing event left two men in serious need of medical attention Saturday. On Sunday, both men are recovering after the crash. Outerlimits Powerboats released information via their Facebook page today on the conditions of both the boat's driver and throttle man.

Joel Begin, of Quebec, is the boat's owner, he was also driving the boat during the run. Begin was transported by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach after the crash, he has since been released from the hospital.

Mike Fiore of Bristol, Rhode Island, is the owner of Outerlimits, he was the throttle man during the run. Fiore was airlifted to University Hospital in Columbia after the crash. Outerlimits announced that Fiore remains in the hospital but is now stable and responsive.


LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. -- Two men are in serious condition after a high speed powerboat crash at the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout.

The accident happened shortly after race boats began making their runs at the races Saturday morning. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says they were dispatched to a serious crash just after 10:30 a.m.

Shootout officials estimate that the 46 foot “Outerlimits” catamaran was traveling at about 150 miles per hour when wind interference caused it to lift from the water.

The accident occurred at around three-quarters of the way down the course.

Spectators watched in shock as the closed canopy boat launched into the air and over turned twice before coming to rest right-side-up.

Both the boat’s driver and throttle man were extracted from the boat at the scene of the accident. 

Joel Begin, 47, of Quebec, is the catamaran’s owner and was driving during the run. Begin was transported to Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach by ambulance.

Mike Fiore, 44, of Bristol, Rhode Island, is the owner and founder of Outerlimits. Fiore was the boat’s throttle man during the run, he was airlifted to University Hospital in Columbia.

At last check both men remained in the hospital in serious condition, we will continue to bring you updates as they become available.

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