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Old 07 July 2017, 14:13   #1
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Emily's Code

Emily’s Code aims to prevent accidents at sea by highlighting key safety messages and leaves a legacy in memory of 14-year old Emily Gardner.

On 2nd May 2015, Emily drowned in a boating accident due to an ill-fitting buoyancy aid snagging on the cleat of a capsized speedboat. Emily’s Code highlights some of the hazards that contributed to Emily’s accident.

Emily’s parents have launched the Code with the support of the Royal Yachting Association (RYA), HM Coastguard, British Water Ski and Wakeboard, and the RNLI to raise awareness for small boat owners and users.

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Old 07 July 2017, 15:26   #2
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Very sad incident, and local to me both in where it happened, and where I live.

The code misses however one vital - and arguably the most important - item:
CARRY A KNIFE.

I never go out without one attached to me, one easily acessible by anyone on the boat - in sheath on a jocky seat - and one in the flare jar with the other safety equipment.
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Old 07 July 2017, 15:40   #3
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The code misses however one vital - and arguably the most important - item:
CARRY A KNIFE.
The (once upon a time) Boatmad lot used to call ribbers the Bowie Knife crowd. I keep one beside me at sea. I had to ask for it last week while in extremis - I keep a safe blade in my pocket as well, but didn't have a hand free to reach for it. Knives - nature's smart answer ;-)
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