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Watch two racing boats flip at the same time in Key West

Two power boats flipped while racing neck-and-neck in Key West on Wednesday during the Race World Offshore World Championships.

The four crew members were “OK,” after the crash, according to a post by race officials on Instagram.

Team Allen Lawn Care and Landscaping and LPC (Loren Peters Construction) were in the Super Stock race at Key West Harbor when the powerful boats flipped at the same time, the video shows.

On Thursday, Race World Offshore detailed the injuries to the racers:

The two racers from boat Team Allen Lawn Care were checked out on the scene after their crash during Wednesday’s Super Stock race at the RWO Offshore World Championships.

Billy Allen the throttleman was checked out on the scene and had no injuries.

Larry Pinegar the driver was admitted and released from the hospital after evaluation of neck pain.

In boat LPC, Loren Peters the driver was admitted and released from the hospital with a bad ankle sprain.

Mike Wright the throttleman was admitted and released from the hospital with lacerations over both lower legs.

All four racers got out of the boats themselves following the crash and were all conscious and alert, Race World Offshore posted on its Facebook page.

David Papo captured the dramatic crash on video, which Powerboat Racing World magazine posted Wednesday afternoon on its Facebook page.

Commenters on Facebook took note of how both boats flipped in tandem.

“They’d get good points for synchronization!!” one man wrote. “Glad both crews are OK though.”

The racing continues through Sunday.

An earlier version of this story credited the video to Cole McGowan. David Papo filmed the twin boat flip.

Gwen Filosa covers Key West and the Lower Florida Keys for FLKeysNews.com and the Miami Herald and lives in Key West. She was part of the staff at the New Orleans Times-Picayune that in 2005 won two Pulitzer Prizes for coverage of Hurricane Katrina. She graduated from Indiana University.
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