A crash at a powerboat race off the Jersey shore Sunday has killed one person and left another in critical condition, the Point Pleasant mayor said.
The boats were competing in a preliminary event for smaller-class boats in the Point Pleasant Beach Grand Prix when one went into the air during a turn and crashed into another boat, Mayor Stephen D. Reid said.
One man, David Raabe, 38, of Forked River, New Jersey, was in the second boat and died, Reid said. Another person, a 35-year-old man from Nutley, New Jersey, was injured and taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, where he is in critical condition, officials said.
The rest of the races were canceled after the crash.
Reid called the crash a "huge tragedy." He said the water was a little rough, but otherwise conditions were nice.
"The person who died is young and has a lovely wife and children," Reid said. "It’s a very sad day."
The other boat involved in the collision sank and its two crew members were hurt, officials said.
An investigation is ongoing.