Bristol man seriously hurt in high-speed boat crash
Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats owner Mike Fiore was airlifted to a hospital in Missouri Saturday after flipping his race boat nearly 50 feet in the air while traveling 179 mph, reports LakeExpo.com in Land of the Ozarks, Mo.
The Bristol boat maker is listed in critical but stable condition with several broken bones, for which he was scheduled to undergo surgery Sunday, the site reports.
Mr. Fiore was serving as the throttle man with driver Joel Begin at the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in Missouri. As the pair were approaching the finish line of the one-mile race, the bow lifted, sending the boat airborne nearly 50 feet. Flipping end over end, the high-speed boat that had been clocked at 179 mph just before the crash, landed upside down before quickly righting itself.
Both were taken by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital, where Mr. Begin was treated and released. Mr. Fiore was airlifted to University Hospital in Columbia, Mo., with several broken bones. He was reportedly responsive Saturday night and Sunday.
"The thoughts and prayers of the entire Outerlimits family are with our founder, his wife and children," Frank Sciacca, General Counsel of Outerlimits said in a statement. "We are grateful that the pilot of the boat was released from the hospital, and we look forward to more good news on Mike’s condition in the days ahead."
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