Originally Posted by Tim M
A chap from Falmouth coastguard was on the news this morning explaining all about kill cords and stated it doesn't appear one was being used at the time. Totally tragic. I personally believe that tighter regulation should be introduced. For example, mandatory ICCs for anything over say 10hp, compulsory use of kill cords for open boats. Rules enforceable by local harbour authorities who would be allowed to keep all/a percentage of fines to find extra staff/resources.
Terrible news, and my sympathies go out to all the victims.
The argument of regulation over education has been discussed on here many times, with a lot of comments.
One of the theories is that compulsory education is not required due to the "Darwinian theory"
Tragically this has now happened, but now 2 people are dead, and 4 have life changing injuries.
I truly believe there should be a requirement for a basic copmulsory training for any craft over a small size, plus regulation requiring basic safety equipment and LJ for all on board.
The MAIB will investigate and the facts will come out, but with a kill cord still attached on recovery, and the video's of the boat it would seem that it was not been worn.
A very tragic accident, and a reminder that things can and do go wrong, which is why we need to use all safety equipment.