Originally Posted by Pikey Dave
Gary, I've followed both this thread & the "Compulsory Kill Cord" thread with interest & am still mystified as to what you are advocating ... could you in simple terms, explain your agenda please. Just what is it you are promoting? is it:-
Compulsory use of kill cords?
The establishment of a UK accident reporting database?
The use of Prop Guards?
Or something else?
Our mission statement might help clear up your confusion.
Our Mission :: Propeller Guard Information Center
Most of my comments on RIB.net have to do with the first two bullet points.
Make boating safer by:
- Increasing awareness of propeller injuries and their severity
- Increasing awareness of existing propeller injury avoidance devices
As Heddon Johnson mentioned when he was on BBC, he sees the use of kill cords being mandatory at some future time, maybe even after he is gone.
I see a future with fewer severe recreational boat propeller accidents, hopefully before I am gone.
Just as Heddon is trying move things along a little faster toward his vision of compulsary wear, I am somewhat of a facilitator trying to trying to move things along toward my vision a little faster than they would otherwise move.
We have stayed neutral on the topic of compulsary wear of kill cords, but do encourage wearing them whenever possible.
I do encourage the establishment of recreational boating accident databases around the world and efforts to reduce under reporting.
Prop guards and kill cords are just two of the MANY tools that can be used to prevent or mitigate propeller injuries in certain situations. Besides physical devices, those tools also include boating safety education, Public Service Announcements, situational awareness, and behavioral changes.
News coverage of local and high profile accidents is yet one more tool. For example, awareness of the Milligan accident is a major force behind the current kill cord discussion in the UK which is raising awareness of propeller injuries, of the risk of propeller injuries, and of ways such accidents might be prevented in the future.
I hope that clears things up for you.