2 Injured in Powerboat Finals Where 3 Died

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Two offshore powerboat racers from New Jersey have been injured on the final day of racing at the Key West World Championship, but their injuries are not believed to be serious.

The single-boat accident Sunday follows the deaths of three racers last week.

Some close to the sport had suggested the final race be canceled, but Super Boat International President John Carbonell insisted the world championship continue.

On Sunday, owner/driver Robert Vesper of Somers Point and throttleman Danny Crank of Hammonton were both taken to Lower Keys Medical Center after their 38-foot Warpaint slammed into a wave.

Race officials said Vesper was released a few hours later with cuts and abrasions. Crank was transported to Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital by helicopter as a precaution to examine a head injury, and initial reports were positive.

Source: Associated Press