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Accident during race at Ragin' on the River sinks boat; driver dies

PORT DEPOSIT, Maryland - A sad end to the "Ragin' on the River" for boat racing fans on the Susquehanna River when driver Paul Sohn, 49, died after a boat accident during a race.

Sohn was driving his Jersey skiff, the JS-57 Jumping Jack Flash, an APBA JSS Class boat, along with his 15-year old son, Timothy, when the boat hit something, went up, and broke apart.  The boat sank quickly.

Timothy managed to swim to safety. 

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Despite an incredibly speedy response from rescue crews, they were unable to rescue the father.  Divers recovered his body two days later when they found part of Sohn's boat on the river bottom, his body inside, on Tuesday morning. Sgt. Ken Turner of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police said volunteer divers from the American Power Boat Association, which sponsored the race, helped in the search.

Turner said Sohn's boat was ripped apart when it hit a wave caused by another boat. The front of Sohn's skiff "sort of split open like a banana peel," Turner said, and the sank to the river floor within seconds. Sohn's body was taken to the State Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy, Turner said.

Associated Press, Staff Reports