OK so in the spirit of telling stories about Killcords and near misses here is mine.
Last week in Salcombe took the rib down and went out for some of those great sunny days we had. I religously wear a killcord when on the Rib although have so far not had an incident where it was needed (touch wood).
I also took down a little inflatable tender which I bought off ebay (navigator III) I power this with an old Yamaha 2HP 2 stroke that has a linear throttle lever on the front of the motor and no killcord.
My brother in law and I were using the tender to take us onto a beach with my son (4yo) and my nephew (4yo). As we came into the beach a small wave was coming up on us from behind and although only a foot high it swung the tender round and I ended up being thrown out.
The 2HP was running at full beans as we had been trying to get up speed to run onto the sand and had swung hard over. So now there I am trying to grab the boat which is spinning round with 2 kids and my B in law hanging on for dear life.
I missed grabbing it and realised that the engine was about to run over my leg so quickly scrabbled out of the way and the engine missed by inches. Luckily by B in law then cut the throttle and we walked the boat in.
All this happened in water that was less than 2 foot deep.
1 - This engine does not have a killcord so I have adjusted the throttle friction so that you have to hold it in position and if you let go it springs back to idle.
2 - When coming onto a beach if there are any waves jump out and walk the boat in rather than try and drive it in through the surf. Yes you get wet legs but better that than no legs