Very thought provoking and sad report indeed.
There has been a lot discussed on here already with regards to kill cords, and training, and designs of boats, so I will not add too much more.
Most people will be aware of my thoughts on compulsory training and certification, however it does not immediately seem apparent if this would have prevented such an accident, maybe more emphasis on the dangers of hooking, and the importance of sitting the children in the stern might have made a difference, but we will never know.
Also the effect alcohol had will never be known, however there are those that say even small amounts impair judgment, but again i cannot draw any conclusions in this case. One of the past cases highlighted in the report did however say that one person who died was over the limit.
One of the most important lessons that is drummed into us from a very early stage in our careers however, which has not been been discussed, is the best way to avoid the vast majority of incidents, including this one, would have been for the passenger, or helm, to reduce speed, or even stop, then make the turn.
I would never normally interfere with the helm, but if I felt it necessary, reducing the speed (not suddenly however) is nearly always a safe maneouver, unless someone is following you right astern and close....
Slowing and stopping gives you more time to evaluate, and carry out any maneouver, and consequences are much less dramatic. Increasing the power in a turn decreases the turning circle, but shortens the time that you have to make decisions, and react.
A bit boring I know, but I would rather be boring and be alive along with my family, and be exciting and risk my family and others.
I know I work on big ships, but the same applies here, as well as ribs, if in doubt SLOW DOWN