The accident occurred Tuesday afternoon during a Sea-Doo boat trial ride on Rend Lake, located north of Benton, Illinois, where BRP has a facility. BRP released a statement to local media Wednesday afternoon:
"Benton, Illinois, June 27, 2007 – It is with much sadness that BRP must report that two of our employees and three of Milsco employees, a BRP supplier, were involved in a serious boating accident during a trial ride in Rend Lake located in Benton Illinois yesterday at approximately 3:30 p.m. CST.
Our first employee involved in the accident has sustained non-life threatening injuries. Regretfully, our second employee, Larry Smithhart from our Palm Bay, Florida facility has succumbed to his injuries and has passed away.
Sadly, we must also report that Teresa Camargo from Milsco Mexico, has also passed away due to the severity of her injuries. One of the Milsco employees is currently hospitalized in stable condition while the other sustained minor injuries and was not hospitalized.
BRP is currently assessing and focused on the needs of the family members and all others involved. BRP is taking all appropriate actions to meet those needs.
It goes without saying that these events are heartbreaking for all of us and the affected families and friends.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those involved.'
The accident is being investigated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources conservation police. Local media report that both boats were running on plane when one boat may have pulled in front of the other. BRP is also said to be investigating the accident.