Joe Sgro, the principal of Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats in Bristol, R.I., died Thursday while being airlifted to a Miami-area hospital after a single-boat crash, performance-boat enthusiast website speedonthewater.com reported.
The accident took place during the Florida Powerboat Club’s Key West Poker Run. Reports said the 50-foot boat, which had an enclosed cockpit, rolled near the Faro Blanco Resort and Yacht Club in Marathon, Fla.
Speedonthewater.com said Sgro was taken to Fishermen’s Community Hospital in Marathon and that he was revived several times before he was airlifted to a Miami-area hospital. During the flight Sgro’s condition reportedly worsened. The helicopter was forced to land at another medical facility and he could not be saved.
The cause of the accident has not yet been determined and it is not known whether Sgro was driving, throttling or both. Three other people were on board. Flkeysnews.com said they were taken to Fishermen’s Community Hospital, but they were less severely injured. They were later taken to Mariners Hospital in Tavernier, Fla.
At the 2016 1000 Islands Poker Run in Kingston, Ontario, Soundings Trade Only Senior Editor Eric Colby rode with Sgro and considered him a friend. Our condolences go out to Sgro’s family.