|Sue Morgan, right, wife of Robert M. Morgan, thanks attendees at a memorial service for her late husband and Jeffrey Tillman, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, in Key West, Fla. At left is Rev. Jim Black of Racing Performance Ministries. Morgan and Tillman died Wednesday, Nov. 9, when their 46-foot catamaran was involved in a violent accident during the first of three race days at the Key West World Championship. (AP Photo/Key West Citizen, Rob O'Neal)|
2 powerboat racers honored after Key West crash
KEY WEST, Fla.—Offshore powerboat racers have honored two Missouri comrades who lost their lives during the first of three race days at the Key West World Championship.
About 200 racers, officials and supporters gathered under a large tent in the dry pits Thursday to remember 74-year-old Robert M. Morgan of Sunrise Beach, Mo., and 47-year-old Jeffrey Tillman of Kaiser, Mo.
They died Wednesday when their 46-foot catamaran Big Thunder Marine vcrashed during a race inside Key West Harbor.
Team members wearing Big Thunder shirts sat near Morgan's widow, Sue. She clutched a large bouquet of flowers during the memorial.
Super Boat International officials say racing will continue as scheduled on Friday with the finals set for Sunday.
Online: Key West World Championship, http://www.superboat.com