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    Three Killed in Speedboat Crash in Italy

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    Three people were killed in Venice, Italy on Tuesday after a speedboat slammed into an artificial spit of land in an attempt to break an offshore record.

    According to Giampaolo Montavoci, president of the national offshore and endurance commission, Italian champion Fabio Buzzi and two British racers died, while another Italian racer survived the crash.

    The incident occurred on Tuesday night when the boat, capable of reaching a speed of up to 130 kilometres per hour, attempted to break the Monte Carlo to Venice record.

    The speedboat was about to reach the finishing line when it collided with a spit built to protect the city's flood barrier.

    Incidents involving boats aren't a rare occurrence in the floating city of Venice. In July, a 300-metre-long vessel narrowly missed a yacht while being towed out of the city amid stormy conditions.

    A month prior, another incident occurred when the giant 13-deck MSC Opera cruise ship rammed into a dockside and knocked into a small tourist boat, injuring four people.

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