Originally Posted by pressman
This is the case, neither have them
I think that this has been discussed before, but through necessity the RNLI operate in sea conditions in which a kill-cord could become hazard. In large breaking seas a sudden loss of power, because the helmsman has been thrown overboard, taking the kill-cord with him, could quickly lead to the boat turning beam-on and capsizing. Maybe that's why the RNLI don't use kill-cords, the rationale being that another crewmember can take over if the helmsman is thrown overboard.
Having said this, I ALWAYS wear a kill-cord, but then again I NEVER want to go out in a force 10!