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Old 07 May 2013, 14:15   #161
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Whatever the cause, the consequences are tragic. But for every accident of this magnitude there are many others that have significant effects on those involved, even if they don't attract the media coverage that this one has.

I work at the Wessex Neurological Centre, co-ordinating charity fundraising for the unit, and we see them all, be it head injuries from a swinging boom, a swimmer struck by a PWC or someone chewed up by a prop. More often than not, such injuries are not fatal, but the long-term effects of such head/brain injuries are often profound. Nobody sets out for a day on water with the intention of putting themselves or others in danger, but my guess is that most of these 'accidents' are avoidable.

For my own part, I won't let anyone board my boat without donning a LJ before stepping off the jetty and briefing anyone new aboard as to basic safety. Have I ever forgotten to attach the Killcord before setting off? - you bet I have, and it's a sobering thought when I have realised as I know precisely what the consequences could be.

It won't bring back those who lost their lives, or had them changed forever in Padstow on Saturday, but if PBR's stickers stop just one such accident from happening in the future then it will have been well worthwhile. I'll be applying one of as soon as I can get hold of one, and I applaud them for the initiative.
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Old 07 May 2013, 14:21   #162
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Very sad!! lets not judge. Condolences to those lives lost.
Quite right its all very sad reading
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It is sad and I feel for the family, I have an 8 year old girl and the thought of something similar makes me feel sick - However it is healthy to discuss these sorts of things and everyone reading though the comments will have learnt something. What you read on here isn't nearly as bad as the gossip you hear form no boaty people on the street and in the most part constructive.
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And the rubbish the press make up....even my mum thinks the boat turned upside down.... :-(
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When I bought my outboard I immediately bought a second cord.
If the helm is in the water (with the cord) someone else needs to restart engine to rescue them - Or get the rest of the crew out of trouble!

I test mine every trip. But that's also to check engine will restart once warmed up before setting off.

Kill cord is such an unfortunate name.
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And the rubbish the press make up....even my mum thinks the boat turned upside down.... :-(
And my mum but having never sat foot on a boat nor will she ever she does now know what a kill cord is and I am sure will remind me every time she knows I am going out boating.

Absolutely tragic.
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BBC News - Powerboat 'kill cord complacency' fears

Good to see HMS making it to the BBC web page

And as I mentioned Paul on BBC radio 2 today....

Got to help avoid anything like a repeat..but you never hear about the situations that are avoided through good practice.
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When I bought my outboard I immediately bought a second cord.
If the helm is in the water (with the cord) someone else needs to restart engine to rescue them - Or get the rest of the crew out of trouble!
You may not want just anyone restarting the engine and driving towards you when you are in the water unless you are confident of their MOB abilities.

An anchor and vhf may be the best thing for the remaining crew.
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posted earlier so just want to add a bit :

the kill cord shown on the news was stretched out ie: it wasnt a tightly coiled one.
This to me shows its either been well used by the driver ,or maybe has caught on something at the drivers end and broken ?

The rib was turning circles as shown in the videos with no one aboard so the kill cord shown i would say not be the instructors that jumped onboard.

Was the guy actually driving ? was one of the others having a go ?
my boys very often drive our rib and if they do i join kill cords together and sit next to them rather than them wear the cord.

i had a kill cord have the clip corrode out and the spring clip break...so i use a plastic clipped one now.

Suggestions of better and more secure clips is a great one.

wireless cords ? no way ! it has to be a physical attachment to the boat and the driver..as fail safe as it gets

on westcountry they showed a guy clipping it to clothing ?? really ?
i always either wrap and clip mine around my knee or clip it to the lifejacket... i would never clip it to the zip of my fleece as shown on TV.

my gut feeling is this is a simple mistake of not clipping the cord on , but i hope in a way its proved the guy did everything right and its a catastrophic failure of a piece of equipment such as the switch or the cord snagging and breaking the clip that has led to this terrifying accident.

its made everyone with ribs here sit and think about our families out in the boats ..
feel for the family obviously but also for the by standers and rescue crews trying to do their best to help .
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BBC News - Powerboat 'kill cord complacency' fears

Good to see HMS making it to the BBC web page

And as I mentioned Paul on BBC radio 2 today....

Got to help avoid anything like a repeat..but you never hear about the situations that are avoided through good practice.
I do not agree with Mr Monty Swan on compulsary tests for new boaters it doesn't work for cars, people still make mistakes. Education not legislation is the way forward for me.
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