An Italian racer and two crewmen died near Venice after their boat crashed Tuesday in an attempt to set a new Monte Carlo speed record.
The 76-year-old Fabio Buzzi was killed near the finish line of the 1300 – Mileage Course when the boat crashed into an artificial reef and flew in the air, the Times of London reported. The reported speed of the ship was between 80 and 92 miles per hour. SH SHARK TANK & # 39; STAR KEVIN O & LEARY A PASSENGER ON BOARD
"The boat took off and flew 30 meters through the air. It landed on the stern on the other side of the dam, where the victims died from the impact, "said an official of the Port Authority of Venice.
Local firefighters said divers had found Buzzi's body along with two others in the cabin.
An unnamed Dutch mechanic and Luca Nicolini from Italy have also been killed, while president of the Italian Offshore and Endurance Committee Giampaolo Montavoci told BBC News. He said earlier reports that two British pilots had died are wrong.
Mario Invernizzi, the only survivor, was knocked off the boat. Montavoci said he was taken to a hospital where he provided information about the accident to the authorities.
Buzzi had evidently misjudged the entrance between two dams and encountered an accumulation of boulders. The dam, which acts as a flood barrier for the floating city, is to be protected.
Buzzi, a ten-time motorboat world champion, has been in the running for over 40 years. In 1978 he set the speed world record for diesel-powered boats and reached 119 miles per hour, according to the point of sale.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.