FLKeysnews.com reported that the Outerlimits powerboat was heading south on the bayside of Marathon, Fla. when it flipped over just before noon Thursday. The vessel was approximately one-quarter mile offshore.

The president of Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats passed away from injuries that resulted from a boating accident during a Florida poker run Nov. 9.

According to reporting by FLKeysnews.com, the victim - Joseph Sgro, 63, of Long Island, N.Y. - was operating the throttles of a new 50-foot SB 50 with four other men on board while they participated in the Florida Powerboat Club’s annual poker run which features boats cruising 180 miles from Miami to Key West through the backwaters of the Keys. It is the kickoff event for the annual Key West Super Boat International World Championship.

On the evening of Nov. 9, the Outerlimits Powerboats Facebook page stated, “Today we lost our great leader Joe Sgro. Nothing made Joe more happy than driving an Outerlimits. It was his passion that kept Outerlimits alive. Joe and Mike [Fiore] are now racing again. Godspeed my friend! You will be deeply missed. RIP”.

FLKeysnews.com reported that the Outerlimits powerboat was heading south on the bayside of Marathon, Fla. when it flipped over just before noon Thursday. The vessel was approximately one-quarter mile offshore.

Seriously injured in the accident, Sgro was airlifted to a mainland hospital for treatment and was reported as having died from the injuries that afternoon.

FLKeysnews.com also reported that two passengers - Joseph Nestola, 56, and Joseph Latona, 60 - were injured and transported to a hospital in Marathan for treatment. 

Joseph Cibellis, 52, was at the helm during the accident and was not reported with any injuries. A third passenger - Steven Kropp, 60 - was also apparently uninjured.

According to FLKeysnews.com, the cause of the crash is unknown at this time, but the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) plans to investigate and will extract data from the boat’s GPS system and motor.

“They could have snagged on something, the waves could have rolled the boat — there are a whole lot of variables we don’t know,” FWC Capt. David Dipre told FLKeysnews.com.

Powerboats are as aerodynamic as they are hydrodynamic, Dipre stated.

“The only thing in the water many times is the prop and the lower part of the unit on the motor, and they’re going so fast they’re flying along the top of the water. If you get any gust of wind or a chop of a wave that pushes your bow up, it pushes your aerodynamics off,” he commented.

Sgro bought into Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats in 2015 after his friend and company founder Mike Fiore died in a high-speed powerboat crash during the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in 2014.

Outerlimits Offshore Powerboat Company General Counsel Frank Sciacca released a statement Nov. 10, confirming Sgro’s death as a result of injuries sustained during the crash.

“Outerlimits Offshore Powerboat Company and the entire Outerlimits family mourns the loss of our beloved President, Joseph Sgro,” said Sciacca.

Joe is survived by wife, Eileen, their five children and soon-to-be three grandchildren, according to the company’s statement. 

“Anyone who knew Joe loved him and his family. His larger than life personality and his generosity to his family and friends was unparalleled,” Sciacca stated. “The entire Outerlimits family is devastated by the loss of our friend and colleague who along with Brian McLaughlin is a Shareholder and Director of Outerlimits, and we wish to express our deepest condolences to his entire family and especially Eileen, who is in our prayers.”

Outerlimits closed Friday as a day in mourning.