We posted several of the storylines BBC covered, some still images from the broadcast, and our thoughts on some of the topics discussed at:
BBC Boat Kill Cord Investigative Report :: Propeller Guard Information Center
Earlier, Searider said, "Does anyone have a link to the statistics for kill cord accidents over the last 13 years? It was stated on the program that there has been no improvement since the boat show incident - but no figures to back it up."
The UK does not require the reporting of recreational boating accident statistics. There are basically no statistics. A few groups (RNLI, HM Coast Guard search and rescue reports, etc.) gather some data regarding the accidents they encounter. RYA does not collect or collate any accident information per a 2006 study. MAIB investigates some high profile recreational boat accidents that come to their attention, but do not log boat accidents in general.
Its hard to control something you are not measuring.
Here in the US, it is mandatory to report boat accidents that meet certain criteria to the state in which they occur. That data then gets forwarded to the U.S. Coast Guard Boating Accident Report Database (BARD). Researchers check BARD accident counts against hospital records, emergency clinic records, and death databases to gain some understanding of how may are not being reported.
The U.S. Coast Guard also hires a contractor (back when our government was still working) to capture boat accidents covered in news media reports. They saw which ones were not being reported by the individual states and asked them to investigate those for possible inclusion.
The UK is not reporting any of them to a central database. If you are going to even begin by estimating how big the problem is, you need to be reporting and recording them.
We cover the statistics questions more in depth in our review of the broadcast.