Fabio Buzzi has died along with two other people after their powerboat crashed in an attempt to break the offshore speed record from Monte Carlo to Venice.
The 76-year-old champion speed boat racer tragically died yesterday (September 17) during the power boat race when they hit an artificial reef near the finish line at Lido di Venezia.
Organisers of the Assonautica race told Venezia Today that the boat was travelling at around 80 knots (148km/h, 92mph) when it hit the man-made dam known as Mose.
The boat ran into a spit of large boulders which have been lowered on to the seabed to protect the dam, which serves as a flood barrier to protect Venice.
"The boat took off and flew 30 metres through the air, landing on its stern on the other side of the causeway where the victims died on impact," an official at Venice’s port authority said.