Second powerboat flips at Shootout

Following a catamaran accident that left its driver and throttleman with serious injuries Saturday at Lake of the Ozarks Shootout, a second powerboat wrecked on Sunday.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Water Patrol Division report, the second accident occurred at about 11:50 a.m. Sunday near the 27-mile marker of the main channel.

According to the Water Patrol, the accident occurred when a 1998 Skater Offshore Racing Boat, driven by 42-year-old Travis Reed, Lee’s Summit, was traveling at a high rate of speed, spun out and overturned. No injury information was available at press time.

The first accident occurred when Joel Begin was driving the 42-foot SC Outerlimits catamaran, with Outerlimits owner, founder and throttleman Mike Fiore in an early run on the Lake of the Ozarks course Saturday along the 34-mile marker of the main channel near event host site Captain Ron’s in Sunrise Beach, according to the Water Patrol report.

At approximately 10:34 a.m., Begin lost control of the powerboat due to win interference, causing the vessel to become airborne and overturn twice before re-entering the water bow first and coming to a rest end-over-end on the water, according to the Highway Patrol report.

Shootout rescue crews extracted Fiore and Begin. Lake West Ambulance transported Begin, 47 of Valley Field Quebec, to Lake Regional Hospital, and air ambulance transported Fiore, 44, of Bristol, Rhode Island, to University Hospital in Columbia.

Both men suffered serious injuries; no updates to the men’s conditions were available as of press time.

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