Racer dies after high-speed boat crash at Marine Stadium

A speedboater who was critically injured during a race in Long Beach earlier this month has died, according to a Facebook post from his sister.

“It is with extreme sadness that we announce the passing of Gregory Paul Duff on August 15th, 2018 at 4:06 p.m.,” Carrie Ann Duff said in the post.

It is with extreme sadness that we announce the passing of Gregory Paul Duff on August 15th, 2018 at 4:06pm. Greg’s…

Posted by Carrie Ann Duff on Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Greg Duff, a Newport Beach resident, was participating in the final day of the Sprint Nationals Boat Races at Marine Stadium on Aug. 5 when the crash happened, according to race director Ross Wallach.

He and other racers were headed into a turn at more than 100 MPH when another boat collided with his, Wallach told the Post. He was hospitalized in critical condition in the intensive-care unit where doctors performed multiple operations in an attempt to save him, according to Wallach.

Greg Duff’s friends and family have set up a fundraiser to collect donations for his hospital bills.

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Jeremiah Dobruck is the breaking news editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his journalism career in 2007 as an intern at Palos Verdes Peninsula News and has worked for The Forum Newsgroup in New York City, the Daily Pilot and the Press-Telegram. He lives in Torrance with his wife, Lindsey, and their two young children.
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