POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N. J. – A crash during a powerboat race at the Jersey shore left a man dead and at least two others hurt, authorities said.
The accident happened on Sunday afternoon during a small boat preliminary event in Point Pleasant Beach Grand Prix.
The officials said the Smith Brothers CRC boat was in the air when it came down on top of another boat, the repeat offender, in the waters off the coast of the Bay of the Head, sending three men in the water. David Raabe, who in the repeat offender, was pronounced dead a short time later.
The crash in the first turn of the race, the officials said.
NJ.com notification of a witness, Tom Parr, said he was watching the race with his son and realized that something was wrong after the first round.
“There were grown adults are crying,” said Parr.
“It is a shame,” said another spectator, Pat Kowalonek. “Everyone wanted to have a good time, but it turned into a tragic accident. I feel terrible for the driver and the families.”
The cause of the crash is being investigated. The remaining races on Sunday were cancelled after the crash.
Point Pleasant Beach Mayor Stephen Reid said thousands had gathered to watch the races, which attracted boats from throughout the nation. He called the crash “very tragic.”