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8:01am 5th October 2014

The dad of a man who died in a speedboat accident says it is heart-breaking to hear Cornish boat users still are not using kill cords.
 
RNLI officers tell Pirate FM many still do not attach them, despite the Padstow tragedy.  

A dad and daughter were killed there last year when their speedboat ran out of control.

Heddon Johnson's son Tristan died in a similar accident.

He says it beggars belief: "More important - you're not a danger to everybody else. Both in my son's case and Padstow, other people had to risk their lives to stop the boat; it's not just yourself you're putting in danger, it's other people who use the water.

"It was the same when seatbelts were brought into cars; people were obliged to have them fitted but very few people wore them. It was only when it was made law did people start really thinking about it."

Heddon has started an online petition calling for new legislation.

It has got more than 70 thousand signatures and needs just under five thousand more to reach its target.

Simon Hannaford is a sea safety officer for the RNLI in Fowey: "We're still finding that people aren't using their kill cords.

"It's such a simple event and if people fall in the water from their boats, it stop the engine and we don't have the incident that happened in Padstow last year.

"Any time of boating - we always advise that you take some training, get some advice and we'll come to you wherever you are, wherever your boat is and give you free advice on safety. Make sure you wear your lifejackets with you, certain safety equipment so if you do get into trouble you can get out of it."

RNLI sea safety officer, Simon Hannaford, demonstrates kill cord

8:01am 5th October 2014

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