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Boat flips at 130 mph during Poker Run, killing driver
ONLINE UPDATE, Sept. 6
By Greg Wells
Managing Editor

Not long after the start of the Lake Cumberland Poker Run tragedy struck as a boat flipped, killing one and injuring another.

The name of the boater was being withheld, pending notification of next-of-kin. He and his passenger were thrown from a boat Saturday about 10:30 a.m. and though others came to their aid quickly, the man identified by the other boater as the driver was unresponsive when pulled from the lake.

CPR was performed on the man, who was in his 40s and reportedly had several rooms booked at the Jamestown Resort. An ambulance arrived as the boat brought the driver to shore, and ambulance workers continued to try to resuscitate the man.

Coroner Larry Skaggs confirms the man was declared dead at the Russell County Hospital. The passenger in the boat was treated at the hospital and was conscious and able to answer questions earlier as he was being loaded into the ambulance.

According to the passenger and others who were at the scene, the boat the men were in swerved to avoid another boat during the Poker Run and on hitting that boat's wake, their fast boat "barrel rolled" landing upside down in the water.

Both men were reportedly thrown from the boat and since they were wearing life jackets they were both pulled about boats that came to their aid. The passenger told rescue workers at the scene that their boat was traveling at about 130 miles per hour when the incident occurred.

The poker run was halted after the incident, and was later canceled. The "cards" that decide the winner were drawn by participants back on the dock.
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