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The body of champion boat racer Daniel Critchfield, who drowned

January 26, 1987

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ The body of champion boat racer Daniel Critchfield, who drowned Saturday when his high-speed boat flipped in Julington Creek, has been recovered by searchers.

Critchfield, 35, was found Sunday morning by two friends, said Sgt. Steven Richardson, a spokesman for the police department.

John Base and Dave Clark located his body about a mile east of the Florida Highway 13 bridge and about half-a-mile from the scene of the Saturday accident, said Richardson.

Critchfield drowned after being thrown from his light-weight racing boat about 4 p.m. Saturday. The boat flipped while he was testing some new equipment, witnesses said.

Police divers searched for Critchfield’s body for about five hours Saturday before calling off the search for the night. The search resumed early Sunday.

Critchfield and his father, Bill, built and sold fiberglass fishing boats at The Boat Source in Jacksonville.

Critchfield competed in races in the International Outdoor Grand Prix and won the Busch Cup in St. Louis last year.

″He was quite a prize-winner. He was a real nice chap and quite a designer. He built boats for other racers,″ said Tom Lowe, executive director of the Jacksonville Marine Association, a trade group for boat dealers.

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