Champion Italian racer Fabio Buzzi was killed when he hit an artificial reef near the
Giampaolo Montavoci, President of the Italian Offshore and Endurance Committee, confirmed Buzzi's death and two other fatalities to the BBC,
Montavoci said the only survivor, Mario Invernizzi, was being treated at a nearby hospital.
Local firefighters said three bodies were pulled out of the submerged vessel, roughly 65 feet long and capable of hitting speeds of 80 mph or more, the AFP reported.
This picture was taken by firefighters , Italy, late Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. (Photo: Italian Firefighters, AP)
Cruise crashes near Venice: City collision near June collision, near-miss in July
"The boat took off and flew 30 meters (almost 100 feet) through the air, landing on its stern on the other side of the causeway, where the victims died on impact, "an official at Venice's port authority said, according to the Times of London.  The Buzzi, 76 and a 10-time world powerboat champion, apparently misjudged how much space he had to make a lagoon.
The crashes were hit to prevent flooding in Venice, and crashes are not uncommon
City officials have recently raised concerns about the crowded waters near a crowded waterway in June.
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