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10:43am 17th May 2013

A report has confirmed that the driver in the Padstow speedboat tragedy was not wearing a kill cord.

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch has not said who was at the controls before Nick Milligan and his eight year old daughter Emily lost their lives.

Investigators are still trying to work out how the pair were thrown from their speedboat before being run down.

Speaking at the time of the tragedy in May, village harbourmaster Rob Atkinson said the cord that kills the engine in an accident is vital: "As a general plea to everyone out there who operates this sort of boat please, please, please, if you have a boat fitted with a kill cord, make sure the kill cord is operating correctly and make sure it is attached to you because if you go out of the boat, it will stop the engine and it will prevent tragedies like this happening."

The Royal Yachting Association has issued a safety reminder as the investigation continues.

Training manager and chief examiner Richard Falk said: "The kill cord is designed to specifically to cut the engine in the event that the driver is thrown away from the controls or thrown overboard. The object obviously is to ensure that if there is no driver at the controls, the engine is stopped.

"The whole idea of peer group pressure is a really useful one. It's worked with lifejackets. We have a very high rate of lifejacket usage now with boaters in the UK and there's absolutely no reason why we shouldn't be doing exactly the same thing with kill cords."

10:43am 17th May 2013

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