Tragedy at the Shootout…it didn’t happen along the race course but, rather, within the spectactor fleet. That’s according to the highway patrol which reports a 23-year-old from Peoria, Illinois, had been attending the event with family and friends when he was discovered missing shortly before 2:00 after having been on a flotation mat. The racing was suspended before being cancelled for the rest of the day while search and recovery operations were conducted. The highway patrol’s dive team was, eventually, called in to assist. The body of Sean Burgess was recovered just after 11:45 Saturday night in 37-feet of water. The drowning is the first in Shootout history and the first fatality in connection to the event since 2014 when one of the boats went airborne near the finish line…the driver died a few days later from complications during surgery.
UPDATE: victim’s body recovered at 10:47 pm
Update: The The MSHP dive team is in the water….no wake remains in effect for the entire channel around the search area (33-34mm).
The31st annual Shootout has been shutdown for the day as divers try to locate a spectator missing in the water. Sgt. Scott White of the Highway Patrol and Chief Scott Frandsen of Mid-County Fire Protection District tell KRMS News the spectator jumped into the water off either a float pad or a boat and has not resurfaced. Divers are in the water searching and racing has been shutdown for the remainder of the day. The extended no-wake zone issued by the Water Patrol remains in effect until 7:00 p.m.