The 37th Annual Key West Super Boat International World Championship took place Thursday through Sunday. On Thursday morning, a 50-foot powerboat flipped over while heading south on the bayside of Marathon about a quarter mile of mile marker 48.5. The 50-foot power boat made by Rhode Island manufacturer Outerlimits was part of the Florida Powerboat Club’s annual poker run, which includes boats cruising from Miami to Key West. The boat was headed to Key West for display during race weekend. But, while on the way, it went out of control and flipped over killing one and injuring three others.
Joseph Sgro, 63, from Long Island was one of two operators of the boat at the time of the accident and was operating the throttles when the boat rolled over. Sgro was airlifted to a Miami hospital by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Trauma Star air ambulance where he was later pronounced dead. Three others were taken to Mariners Hospital in Tavernier with injuries including a broken shoulder blade. The accident is still under investigation by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Per reports, Sgro was a longtime powerboat racer with more than a dozen national and world titles in power boating. We extend our condolences and deepest sympathies to the family and loved ones of Mr. Sgro.