Two Powerboat Racers Killed In Key West Championship Race (Video)
The Miami Herald identifies the dead boaters as Bob Morgan, owner of Big Thunder Marina in Sunrise Beach, Missouri, and Jeffrey Tillman of Kaiser, Missouri.
Their 46-foot boat, called Big Thunder, was left crushed and torn by the impact of the crash.
The deaths are the first since 1995 in the tournament, which is considered "the Indianapolis 500" of speedboat racing, at least according to the Herald.
Memorials for Morgan and Tillman will be held before the second race in the tourney continues as scheduled Friday.
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