LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Missouri- A boating tragedy at the start of the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout weekend has resulted in two listed as missing and has placed a pall over the event. The pair were onboard an MTI catamaran owned by racer Richard Prince of Metaire Louisiana who operates a trucking company.
Prince, 49, a racing notable who piloted the 44 foot Mac Daddy in the Shootout previously, was listed as missing by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Also named was Bradley Dunphy, 40, of Lafayette Louisiana.
Witnesses had originally thought four or more people were aboard the craft.
The patrol was called to the scene at 7 p.m.
The patrol says the incident occurred as the boat was travelling downstream at the 10.3 mile marker of the main channel and became airborne. The boat rolled to the starboard side while aloft, impacted the water and flipped upside down. One occupant was ejected at that time and one is believed to have remained in the boat. Both are presumed drowned. The MSHP Dive Team will resume looking for the boaters on Saturday. A no-wake zone has been put into effect at the 10 mile marker.
The 2013 MTI was recovered by Lake Tow and the Atlantis Dive Team and taken to Shawnee Bend.
The Osage Beach Fire Department, Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District and the Camden County Sheriff’s Office were among those responding to the scene.
Prince had piloted the 2700 horsepower cat, powered by Twin Mercury Turbo 1,350 engines in the PC5P2 class at the Shootout previously. He was sponsored by MTI. He was featured in this Lake Expo article.
Prince leaves his wife Melissa and children, Paris and Braden.
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