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Mississippi Driver Hurt in NBRA Championships on Raccoon Lake Sunday

August 7, 2017

(RACCOON LAKE)-A boat racer from Clinton, Mississippi was injured Sunday afternoon when his boat spun out and he was thrown out during the final heat of the D-Hydro Class at the National Boat Racing Association Long Course National Championship on Raccoon Lake.

One of the hosts of the competition, Al Owen, says Jeremy Sumrall was traveling at about 85 miles per hour before making a turn with several other competitors that caused him to lose control of the boat. As Sumrall was thrown out of his boat, his foot hit the propeller causing cuts. Owen notes the boats have an automatic kill switch for this type of situation, but the propeller was still spinning when it struck Sumrall’s foot.

A rescue boat specially equipped for an accident was used by race officials and Centralia City Firefighters to get Sumrall out of the water and to a Lifestar Ambulance to be taken to SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia. Sumrall was going to be flown to a St. Louis hospital for treatment, but had to be transported by ground ambulance due to the weather.

The accident marred an otherwise great weekend for the Nationals. Owen reports there were 80 entries this year from at least a dozen states. He noted extra heats were run Saturday because of concern over the weather for Sunday, but said the rain never materialized until after the racing was over.

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