A man was in an intensive-care unit Monday after he was critically injured in a high-speed boat crash in Long Beach during the Long Beach Sprint Nationals over the weekend, officials said.
Greg Duff was seriously injured when another speed boat went airborne on a turn in Marine Stadium and crashed into his on Sunday, the second day of the Sprint Nationals, race director Ross Wallach said.
The 10:30 a.m. crash was in front of spectators. Both boats were traveling at speeds of about 100 miles per hour, Wallach said. The other driver was not injured.
“We responded to a high-speed vessel incident and transported one patient in critical condition to an area hospital,” Long Beach fire Capt. Matt Dobberpuhl said.
Duff is in the ICU at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center with severe head trauma, a broken elbow and a ruptured spleen, Wallach said.
“We’re just all anxiously hoping for some good news on Greg’s prognosis,” said Wallach, president of the Southern California Speed Boat Club. “Hopefully, he’ll survive and be okay. He’s a really good guy.”
More than 80 drivers competed in the races over the weekend, he said. The program went on after Duff was transported.
“We haven’t had a serious injury like this in quite some time,” Wallach said.