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Craig Arfon's Fatal Crash

From Motorsport Memorial.

Craig Arfons' 5,500hp jet hydroplane called "Rain-X Record Challenger" went out of control and crashed during a water speed record attempt in Jackson Lake near Sebring, Florida. The boat had reached a speed of 263 mph before it became airborne and began to cartwheel across the lake. Arfons tried to deploy a safety parachute, but the angle at which his boat was traveling prevented the parachute from opening. Arfons was killed as his boat shattered around him, suffering multiple injuries.

Craig Arfons was a former automobile drag racing champion.

Craig's survivors included: his girlfriend, Brenda Patterson; his son, Chad, 17; his parents, Walter C. and Gertrude (Becker) Arfons; a sister, Patricia; a brother, Walter T. Arfons; and his uncle, Arthur Eugene "Art" Arfons.

Both his father and uncle had been world land and water speed record holders. Walt Arfons was a pioneer in the use of aircraft jet engines for speed record attempts. He set the world water speed record in 1979 at Milan on the Michigan Lake. Art Arfons (1926-2007) set the land speed record on 07 November 1965 at Bonneville Salt Flats driving the "Green Monster" at 576.533 mph, about 927 km/h.

According to magazine Rombo, issue 18 July 1989, Craig Arfons was the sixth boater to be killed in America since 1936 while attempting the world water speed record.

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