Key West Race Accident Report in Review Process


The United States Coast Guard investigation and the resulting report on the accidents that claimed the lives of three racers during Super Boat International Offshore World Championships in Nov. 2011 currently is under review at U.S.C.G. District Headquarters in Miami. If the officials reviewing the investigation, which was conducted by the Coast Guard Key Sector, have no additional questions or investigatory requests the report will be forwarded to the Coast Guard’s National Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Officials in the Washington office also may have additional questions or further inquiry requests for the Key West Sector investigating officer before the report is approved by the Washington office and released through the Freedom of Information Act website.

“Sometimes these investigations and the process takes anywhere from six months to two years, depending on the complexity of incident,” said Gary Tomasulo, the U.S.C.G. deputy sector commander in Key West. “We are hoping to get something soon but this is all just part of the normal process.

“We had another race between the incidents of 2011 and now and we worked closely with SBI on things we learned during the investigation process,” he continued. “There has been constant communication between us and them—the dialogue has been ongoing. We hope that made the last powerboat races in Key West safer.”

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