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September 04, 2006

Cecil County: Port Deposit

Man missing after boat-race accident

An Eastern Shore man remained missing in the Susquehanna River last night after his boat snapped in half and sank during a powerboat race yesterday afternoon in Port Deposit, local fire officials and the race organizer said.

One person who was in the boat was pulled from the water unhurt after the accident.

The missing man, who is from Grasonville, and his companion were competing in the third annual Ragin' on the River Powerboat Race - featuring an oval track and speeds up to 90 mph, said Tom Knight, the race chairman.

The boat, a 20-foot Jersey skiff, was competing in a heat with six others when it hit a wave and split in two about 2:20 p.m., Knight said. Fire officials said the boat sank in 25 seconds.

"As a boat travels through the water it makes waves," Knight said. "So they hit a wave and it launched them slightly in the air, and when they came back down the nose went directly into the water, and the boat sank almost immediately."

Rescue divers from the American Power Boat Association, which sanctions the race, were on the scene and immediately began searching for the boat's two occupants. They were able to rescue only one.

Nicole Fuller

Harford County: Havre de Grace

Man, 21, killed after truck runs off road

A 21-year-old Havre de Grace man was killed yesterday morning after his pickup truck went off the road and struck at least two trees, Harford County sheriff's deputies said. Joey Daniel Murphy of the 2500 block of Old Robinhood Road was pronounced dead at the scene in the 100 block of Robinhood Road about 7:30 a.m., said Robert B. Thomas, a spokesman for the Harford County Sheriff's Office. The truck was traveling at high speed, and Murphy, who was alone in the truck, was trapped inside and had to be removed by fire personnel, Thomas said.

Justin Fenton

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