Lake of the Ozarks Shootout resumes after spectator drowns

1 year 1 month 3 days ago Sunday, August 25 2019 Aug 25, 2019 Sunday, August 25, 2019 3:31:00 PM CDT August 25, 2019 in News
By: Noah Klein, KOMU 8 Reporter

SUNRISE BEACH - The Lake of the Ozarks Shootout resumed Sunday after being suspended Saturday.

The race was called off after a man drowned in the area.

Missouri State Highway Patrol divers recovered the body of a missing man around 10:45 p.m. Saturday after a seven-hour search. Troopers identified the man as Sean Burgess from Peoria, Illinois. 

Sunday spectators and racers alike came out to watch the race, but some still felt the emotion from the man's death the day before.

"There is still a little gloom in the air, your blood boils when you hear the motors blow up...you hate to lose somebody that loves the water as much as you do," Diane Deeds said, who came from Kansas to watch the event.

Racers also said shared their condolences after Burgess' death.

"I feel for the family, our condolences go out to them, it is a terrible loss." John Cosker, throttleman of "American Ethanol" said.

The shootout does not put racers side by side on the water, instead they go one by one and are timed.

According to the shootout's website, the race is "the largest unsanctioned boat race in the US, named one of the nation’s eight 'must-see' boating events according to Powerboat Magazine." 

Cosker and his team have won the shootout for the past four years. He said he hopes win a fifth this year.

"We've won this event every year since 2015...we've got a really good presence here on the lake." Cosker said.

As of Sunday afternoon, results for the race were unavailable.

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