A high-speed boat crash at the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout boat-racing event left two men in serious need of medical attention on Saturday.
The accident happened shortly after boats began making their runs at the races that morning. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said it was dispatched to a serious crash just after 10:30 a.m., according to Channel 10 News.
Shootout officials estimate that the 46 foot Outerlimits catamaran was traveling about 150 miles an hour when wind interference caused it to lift from the water.
The water along the 34 Mile Marker was calm, with minimal winds. The run started well, but just as the brand-new Outerlimits approached the finish line at the end of the one-mile course, the bow began to lift dangerously high. Suddenly, the boat flew out of the water, flipping end over end and reaching an estimated 50 feet in the air, according to LakeExpo.com.
Spectators watched in shock as the closed canopy boat launched into the air and overturned twice before coming to rest right-side-up.
The boat’s driver and throttleman were extracted from the boat at the scene of the accident.
Both men were recovering Sunday, according Channel 10, citing the Outerlimits Powerboats Facebook page.