1 Killed during central Florida boat race

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TAVARES, Fla - Authorities say a boating accident at a regatta in central Florida has left one racer dead.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Joy Hill tells the Orlando Sentinel that a man and a woman were ejected from their vessel Saturday morning while participating in one of the races during the Classic Race Boat regatta on Lake Dora in Tavares.

Hill said the woman was rescued in the water, but the man was struck and killed by another boat. The man's name was not released.

Tavares city spokeswoman Joyce Ross told the Orlando Sentinel the accident happened during an annual hydroplane racing event featuring high-speed and low-weight boats.

The rest of Saturday's races were suspended.

The regatta typically attracts 8,000 to 10,000 spectators, vendors and participants.

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