- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) - Powerboat racer Mike Figuero was in stable condition in a Miami hospital Wednesday after his 30-foot Superboat Vee-class boat rolled over on the first race day of the Key West World Championship.

Figuero of Satellite Beach was piloting the J.D. Byrider with throttleman Frank Sarro of Palm Bay when it crashed during the final lap of the seven-lap race on a 4.15-mile course that incorporates Key West Harbor and surrounding waters.

Sarro got out on his own, but Figuero was trapped in the boat’s cockpit and unconscious, according to medical and safety officials for Super Boat International, the event’s sanctioning body. Rescue divers from a medical boat and helicopter arrived on the scene in less than a minute and extricated Figuero, officials said.

They loaded him on the medical boat and he quickly regained consciousness after oxygen was administered, a rescue diver said.

Figuero was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center in Miami for tests and is expected to recover, officials said. Sarro was treated and released at Lower Keys Medical Center.

In the Superboat class, Robert Noble of Orlando and Mark Kowalski of Hinkley, Ohio, piloted Stihl to a first-day lead. They trailed Broadco, driven by Chuck Broaddus of St. Clair, Michigan, and Grant Bruggerman of Bradenton until the midway point of the 10-lap race, then pulled ahead and finished with an average speed 99.07 mph. Broadco finished in second.

CMS, driven by veteran Miami racer John Tomlinson with Jeff Harris of Greenville, N.C., placed first in the Superboat Unlimited class. Last year’s world champion Miss Geico, with Marc Granet and Scott Begovich, both of Riviera Beach, finished second.

The 39-boat fleet is scheduled to race again Friday, with the finals set for Sunday.


Online: Super Boat International, https://www.superboat.com

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