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Fireman dies in airboat racing accident

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Dec. 6 (UPI) -- An off-duty Fort Lauderdale, Fla., firefighter died during a impromptu race with his airboat in the Everglades.

Jason "Everglades J" Goode was killed Sunday when his airboat flipped 15 feet into the air, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Monday.

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Investigators said a pocket of air slipped under the hull, sending it airborne.

Jorge Pino, spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Goode was traveling between 70 and 90 mph at the time of the accident.

Pino said witnesses told investigators Goode was racing another airboat.

There is no speed limit for airboats in the Everglades and racing is not against the law.

Investigators could not locate the driver of the other boat, and said they would like to talk to him.

"What we're trying to determine is whether any navigational rules were violated or whether there was any carelessness or recklessness in the way that this gentleman operated his vessel," Pino said.

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