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Old 19 June 2012, 11:14   #1
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Two examples -one very severe- of why kill-cords and buoyancy aids are essential

Telescope User Spots Injured Man Adrift in Cork Harbour

Two men safe and out of control RIB secured RNLI Baltimore Lifeboat Station
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Old 19 June 2012, 13:25   #2
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I think we can regularly update this sort of incident

Investigation into RIB accident Cowes last week and airlifted to hospital with bad injuries and of course the other mentioned recently here For the sake of the cost of a flare

It is a real shame as it does show some users in a bad way, I accept accidents happen but some appear to be avoidable and therefore some injuries need not have happened.

No one can avoid accidents but you can minimise the level to you and your crew, but some will never learn or even stir seeing this sort of incident. Even during recent storms I saw RIBs leaving The River Hamble with people on board without lifejackets and it included youngsters aboard. What is the answer?
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I heard about this incident through the grape vine and the scene was described as being out of a horror movie with reports of a severed limb and head injuries.

All because no kill cord was worn
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All because no kill cord was worn
to be pedantic - all because he fell out the boat... The killcord is only there in case you fall overboard - the primary aim should really be to stay on board.
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to be pedantic - all because he fell out the boat... The killcord is only there in case you fall overboard - the primary aim should really be to stay on board.
To be even more pedantic-all because he was hit by the boat.
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3 guys out on the Sacramento river delta last weekend. New boat (Aluminum jon boat; bought 2 weeks ago); out fishing on Saturday. One apparently stood up (not sure how they know that), boat overturned. One made it to shore, one drowned and recovered an hour or so later, the other found dead the next day. No PFD's worn (but they were found floating.)

2 guys left something like 13 kids. PFD's would most likely have saved the 13 kids' fathers. Day before Father's Day, i think.

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It still surprises me the amount of people I see without life jackets and no kill cord attached, usually kill cord hanging loose or attached to console rather than a person. Even lots of boating magazines show images of people whizzing around on boats with no life jacket and no kill cord.
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at least they are out of the gene pool.....
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at least they are out of the gene pool.....
Sick comment.

Just like the incident in Cork, the punishment does not fit the crime.
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2 guys left something like 13 kids. PFD's would most likely have saved the 13 kids' fathers. Day before Father's Day, i think.

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No doubt PFDs would have likely saved them. Despite horrific injuries the Cork victim's life was saved by his PFD.

For myself despite religious commitment to kill-cord use, I don't know if anyone else will but I'll admit I occasionally scare myself when I realize that for some combination of reasons I'm planing and I've failed to clip in.

It can be something like backing off the trailer to trickle to the end of the pier, thinking there's a misfire, I'll just give it a squirt..... Or while fishing drifting in towards a hazard and starting up to 'just back off a few meters'. If you're mooring or recovering on your own there are times when you simply can't be clipped in and it's too easy to then plane away particularly if you've had a stressful launch or engine trouble.
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