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Speedboat Hero Breaks His Silence

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7:01am 8th May 2013

The man who leapt onto the runaway Padstow speedboat and killed the engine says there were "many heroes" involved.

Nick Milligan and eight year old Emily lost their lives in the tragedy.

But officials say Charlie Toogood stopped the death toll from being any higher.

The retired lifeboat volunteer says his thoughts are with their friends and family.

In a statement the water ski instructor said: "There were many ‘heroes’ in this tragic incident all of whom did a remarkable job in difficult circumstances. 

"However, now is a time solely to reflect on the bereaved and injured family members and their wider family and friends. My thoughts are with all of them and will be for a long time to come.

"I have nothing more to add to this and would hope that our community can now be left to deal with this tragedy in our own way and in peace and quiet."

Detective Superintendent Jim Colwell who is leading the investigation into what happened said: “Without the brave and heroic efforts of local people and holidaymakers in the minutes immediately after this incident in assisting the family while they were in the water, if people hadn’t come to their assistance in the manner that they did, I’m confident this incident would have been far worse in terms of the overall death toll.”

Matt Pavitt from the coastguard also praised the efforts of the thirty-two year old and others involved in the desperate battle to halt the runaway boat and protect the family, still in the water: "We really must pay credit to those boat operators for the outstanding work that they did and without a doubt, without the intervention of the one individual who managed to get on board the vessel we could have been dealing with a far more serious situation than we are.”

7:01am 8th May 2013

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