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Fisherman Didn't Wear Kill Cord In Lizard Tragedy

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3:07pm 18th September 2014

A report reveals a man who died after falling from his fishing boat on the Lizard was not wearing a kill cord.

A friend raised the alarm when Chris Smith did not return to Cadgwith in December.

He was found in the water after a massive search, but doctors could not save him.

Marine accident investigators say the angler in his fifties did not have enough safety equipment.

A spokesperson said: "On the afternoon of 4 December 2013, Christopher Smith went to sea alone from the beach at Cadgwith, Cornwall on his 3.9m long boat. Once darkness fell, friends and family became concerned that he had not returned and the alarm was raised with the coastguard. Following a search, Christopher Smith was found, semi-conscious, in the water by a commercial survey vessel and airlifted to hospital where he was later declared deceased. The boat was found 4½ days later, 35 miles east of Cadgwith."

The report found that:

The fisherman did not have adequate safety equipment for single-handed operation,
He fell overboard (the boat was not in a collision),
The kill-cord was not used and the boat continued away from him,
He did not give anyone a firm return time nor advise them on actions to take if he was overdue,
He had no means to raise the alarm.

3:07pm 18th September 2014

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