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Safety Plea After Padstow Boat Tragedy

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4:15pm 20th June 2014
(Updated 4:15pm 20th June 2014)

There is a safety plea from a woman whose husband and daughter were killed in the Padstow speedboat tragedy.

Nick Milligan and eight year old Emily died after the whole family were thrown into the water.

Victoria Milligan is now urging others to wear a kill cord.

The mum who lost a leg is starting a charity bike ride from Cornwall to London.

RNLI sea safety officer Simon Hanniford said: "Anytime you are boating we always advise that you take some training, get some advice, we can come to you wherever you are, wherever your boat is and give free advice on safety, make sure you've got your lifejacket with you and other safety equipment, so if you do get into trouble you can get out of it.

"We're still finding people aren't using their kill cords, it's such a simple event and if people fall in the water from their boats it stops the engine, and we don't have the accident that we had in Padstow last year."


Julia Samuel's from the charity Victoria is riding for - Child Bereavement UK: "She's a kind of role model showing that even when the most devastating things happen, with the right support, you can find a way of living positively. Not forgetting the people who have died but finding ways of remembering them but also living with hope.

"Our job is to support families when a child has died but we totally support the RNLI which is the other charity, which tries to save lives, with understandings like using kill cords."

4:15pm 20th June 2014

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