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Old 08-25-2008, 08:48 AM
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I would not claim to have known Phil well but enough to tell you all he was a good man. We shared history in the same industry and therefor shared many of the same friends. I can't believe it was just yesterday morn that we had a fun &funny conversation Talk n trash about garbage trucks snow plows and race boats.When I passed the boat upsidown I said oh man that sucks but saw the dive boat there and never even gave thought of this horrible tragedy that has shocked their familys and all of us in offshore. My thoughts and prayers are with thier familys I can't imagine what ur going through. May Kevin and Phil RIP
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Our thoughts and prayers to the family/friends of both of these men. Truly sad.

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Two boaters killed during Great South Bay race

BY PATRICK WHITTLE AND ERIK GERMAN |
August 25, 2008

Two people were killed yesterday afternoon when their high-speed racing boat flipped during the Battle on the Bay powerboat race in Great South Bay off the Village of Patchogue, Coast Guard officials said.

The accident claimed the lives of Kevin Graff, of Port Washington and Phil DeJana, of Bayville, who were racing a 37-foot twin-engine catamaran, race officials said.

The powerboat was going between 90 and 100 mph when it turned over, said Paul Pontieri, mayor of the Village of Patchogue, who was at the race.

Suffolk County police said they were still determining the cause of the incident, but several witnesses at the scene said the boat appeared to overturn while it made a southeastern turn on the race course.

"It's just tragic ... It doesn't get any worse than this," Pontieri said. "It's a dangerous sport."

The incident occurred at about 4:30 p.m. due south of Shorefront Park, where spectators gathered to watch the event.

The race came to an abrupt end after the incident as the injured racers were removed and a crowd of several dozen people gathered on the shore as a Suffolk County police tow boat pulled the damaged vessel to the dock. Emergency officials remained on the scene near Shorefront Park in Patchogue yesterday evening. Flags in the park were lowered to half-staff.

An eight-foot gash was visible on the right rear side of the boat when the craft was removed from the dock.

Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Jeremy Clouse, coxswain of a 25-foot response boat on scene, said, "We were enforcing the security zone around the race and I noticed the water going everywhere."

Clouse continued: "The other 25-foot boat crew was already at the wreck, with two Coast Guardsmen in the water trying to do what they could to get the people out. One of the race helicopters dropped a diver who was able to get the emergency hatch open and pull the victims out."

The two men were transferred to a local fire response boat, which took them to Emergency Medical Service personnel waiting on the shore.

Both were pronounced dead at a hospital, officials said.

Jim Poplin, the race's safety director, said the cause of the crash was under investigation by the Offshore Performance Association, the sanctioning body that oversees the race. Poplin said workers for the association will take the boat apart and reconstruct it to see where the failure was.

"We had a high-speed racing accident. You attribute these things to speed," he said.

Several witnesses said they had met Graff and DeJana, members of a Port Washington-based boat racing team, on Saturday, when many of the racers, with their machines aboard trailers, parked on Patchogue's main street.

The two men operated a craft emblazoned with the names Aero Express and DeJana Industries. Kim Mellon, 40, of Holbrook, said her daughter Dayna, 7, had wished one of the drivers good luck and he'd given the girl a stick-on tattoo with his team name on it. "He even said I was his favorite," Dayna said, crying as she watched from shore.

The race - a weekend-long event held in the bay between Patchogue and Fire Island - was wrapping up with a full day of races yesterday.

Between 40 and 50 took to the waves during the event, sponsored by Great South Bay Racing Inc., OPA Racing and the Village of Patchogue.

He said more than 5,000 spectators watched the race from the shore and at least another 500 watched from their own boats.

Carole Rohde of Patchogue and other witnesses said it was difficult to tell what happened because the incident occurred well offshore.

"Bango, the race stopped," Rohde said. "We watched, and all of a sudden a police boat or something comes running onto the dock with obviously a patient on board."

Emerson Clarridge, Robert Wargas and Staff writer Jennifer Maloney contributed to this story.

THE EVENT

The Battle on the Bay is part of a series of boat races called the Miss Geico Triple Crown Series. The other races are in Ocean City, Md., and Point Pleasant, N.J. An ad for the race said yesterday, the final day of the event, would bring "the biggest names in offshore racing swinging it out" for cash prizes.

Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontieri said this was the second time the race has been on the Great South Bay off Patchogue.

Yesterday's event included three races, the first of which was scheduled to begin at noon and the last at 3:15 p.m.

The races took place in a course on the bay, with spectators watching from shore and from their own boats. According to the race's official Web site: "Each turn of the race has a 'Turn Boat' with Race Officials on board keeping track of the racers and their performance ... When the event is done all times and distance traveled are calculated to determine the winner."

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Hope And Comfort... and our Deepest Sympathy... for the wifes & families at this moment of grief for these two racers.

We extend our heartfelt support during this difficult time.

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we at predator powerboats inc give's our prayers and condolances to the family and the friends of the 2 men who were involved in this terrible accident!

we were there at the festivities from begining to end, it was a great weekend,many great people and racers from all around but it ended in sadness.

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From everyone in the Active Thunder Family...

Our condolences to the families, friends, and loved ones.

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