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Padstow Tragedy Relights Speedboat Safety Campaign

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 8:01am 27th May 2013

A man who lost his son in a boating accident is making fresh calls for a change in the law in the wake of the Padstow speedboat tragedy.

Nick Milligan and his eight year old daughter Emily died when they were thrown from their boat and run down.

A week later, a report from the Marine Accident Investigation Branch revealed whoever was driving at the time, was not wearing a kill cord.

Heddon Johnson from Dorchester says they should be mandatory: "There on the news was a RIB the same colour as the RIB that killed Tristan, circling out of control and it was like a brick wall falling on top of me. It was a flashback; there was history repeating itself.

"Kill cords are now fitted to all modern small vessels but people don't use them. It was the same when seatbelts were brought into cars. Now it's uncomfortable not to wear a seatbelt; everyone takes it for granted."

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