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Old 31 January 2013, 14:00   #1
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14yo Lad Killed on Cobra

Father weeps as he tells how Olympic hopeful son, 14, gazed into his eyes 'as if to say help me' after freak wave swept him from boat on to spinning propeller | Mail Online

"Freak wave"?!! The kids shouldn't have been up there.

I see this often, more often hardboats. Kids, girlfriends bouncing around up forward with legs through rails etc.

Personally, I don't have anyone forward of the console if we're at speed or in any kind of sea.
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Old 31 January 2013, 14:47   #2
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Jesus christ, that's absolutely horrific. I can't imagine how his family is feeling right now. I guess that this should serve as a reminder to us all just how careful you have to be.
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Just awful.

its crazy though, on the Anglesey cruises in the last two years I've seen children/teens sat on the tubes, one leg in and one leg out catching the spray. Yes they have wetsuits and a buoyancy aid, but if the foot catches the water they're in.

You can't say anything as you get told where to go. Mad
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Sounds like they were sat on the suicide seat very sad
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So a boy has died in tragic circumstances and the Dailymail HAS TO TELL US 'Charlie, attended the 14,424 a year Whitgift school in South Croydon' as it's a matter of the utmost importance to the story how much his education cost.
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Terrible tragedy, feel for the parents!

Accidents can and will happen, its about trying to prevent them as best you can. How sad
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lives right near me, and when you look at cobras they do have the front seat with handels
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"Freak wave"?!!
My thoughts go out to the family, this has to be every father's worst nightmare. He looked like a nice kid too so this really is a sad loss. Heaven knows what his Dad must be going through every single second of every day be it asleep or awake.

Having been caught by a wave near the Needles breaking over the sand bar near by things can change in a split second (see my avatar).

I think this happened on the day we made the crossing to Alderney?
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Terrible,
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Same as most people we all see kids sitting up front in a vareity of small boats, legs dangling etc, I have a cobra and have had the front suicide seat bottom part swept off by large waves breaking, people are right if in rough conditions or if going at speed no one should be in front of the console. Its down to awareness and following safe practicies and as we all know as we all see especially in the summer months in the UK many boaters just dont think too much. Very sad for the chap and the family. Perhaps organisations like the RNLI or RYA should put a load of posters up in marina's with do's and don'ts and headline examples of what happens if things go wrong. In my marina in the gents toilets where you stand at the urinals there are several posters of a cartoon type which raise awareness about various subjects including having a VHF and letting people know ashore where your going etc etc, seems to work well as I cant avoid them, good way of getting messages across. Perhaps marina's should have saefty at sea days etc etc.
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