Saturday afternoon, search and recovery teams were able to find and recover the bodies of Richard Prince and Bradley Dunphy after their tragic crash on Friday afternoon.
Missouri State Water Patrol divers located the bodies in about 68 feet of water nearest to the 10.3-MM using side-sonar location detection starting at the scene of the crash.
As of now details are still coming in as the recovery of the yellow 44′ MTI will begin the investigation into the incident. According to the official report so far, the boat became airborne while running and after rolling to the starboard side it struck the water, violently flipping itself upside down. As of now the report does not indicate if any water or weather conditions, operator functions, or mechanical failures were the cause for the crash.
It’s always a shock to our powerboating community when we lose members in such tragic fashion. But both men from Louisiana will be remembered by all of us and their families as we continue to do what they loved most.
Our most heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of Richie and Brad. Richie was very well known to many of us and highly respected as a powerboater, racer, but most of all for the wonderful person and friend he was to us all. His quiet and prince like demeanor was something that was rare, special, and wonderfully unique to him.
We are saddened by this loss… we will miss our friend, but always remember how special they were to us in our lives.
Memorial services for Richie Prince will be held at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd New Orleans, LA Visitation will be on Friday, September 2, 2016 from 1-5 PM. A memorial mass will be held Friday, September 2, 2016 at 5 PM at the same location.
More information is available here: RICHARD WILLIAM PRINCE
Memorial service information for Bradley Dunphy will be added when available.