Owner of RI speedboat company killed in crash
MARATHON, FLA. - The owner of a Bristol speedboat builder was fatally injured in one of the company's boats in the Florida Keys on Thursday.
Joseph Sgro, 63, owner of Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats, died the day after the boat flipped during a trip from Miami to Key West. The company says the vessel was on its way to be displayed at a race gathering.
Sgro and three other men from New York were aboard when the speedboat overturned, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, which is investigating.
The other occupants of the new, 50-foot boat survived the capsizing, which occurred about a half-mile from shore.
The racing boat was built in Bristol, R. I. by Outerlimits. Sgro became president of the company after his friend and previous owner, Mike Fiore of Bristol, was killed in a boat racing accident in August 2014.
The boat builder said in a statement "the entire Outerlimits family mourns the loss of our beloved president, Joseph Sgro. Joe is survived by his loving wife Eileen, their beautiful 5 children and soon to be 3 grandchildren. Anyone who knew Joe loved him and his family. His larger than life personality and his generosity to his family and friends was unparalleled."
Sgro lived in Bellmore, Long Island.