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Powerboat Racer & Designer Fabio Buzzi Killed In Speed Record Attempt

18th September 2019
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Rescue workers at the powerboat which crashed in Venice last night, killing Fabio Buzzi and two other pilots Rescue workers at the powerboat which crashed in Venice last night, killing Fabio Buzzi and two other pilots Photo: Vigili del Fuoco

Renowned powerboat racer and designer Fabio Buzzi has been killed with two others while attempting to set a speed record in Venice last night (Tuesday 17 September), as Reuters reports.

Buzzi (76) had been attempting to set a new record from Monaco to Venice, at an average speed of 100kmph, when their vessel crashed into an artificial reef in the Venetian Lagoon.

A fourth man on board the powerboat survived the crash as he was thrown overboard, emergency services reported.

Italian businessman Buzzi was a familiar name on these shores, with one of his company's designs, Birretta Due, competing in the Venture Cup round-Ireland race.

This article was updated to correct the statement that Fabio Buzzi competed in the Venture Cup, when it was in fact one of his boat company's designs.

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