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Kill Cord Campaign Launched After Padstow Tragedy

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:02am 7th June 2013

A campaign is being launched to try to stop a repeat of the Padstow speedboat tragedy.

A dad and his daughter died when they were dumped into the water and run over by their own boat in the Camel estuary.

Nick Milligan and his eight-year-old daughter were thrown from their boat, along with four other members of the family.

His wife, 39, and the couple's other children aged twlelve, ten and four, were also injured by the speedboat as it circled out of control at high speed on May 5th.

An official report into the tragedy concluded the driver was not wearing a kill cord.

The RNLI is doing demonstrations of the safety gadget at the Royal Cornwall Show.

Simon Hannaford from Fowey lifeboat said: "A simple thing like this saves lives. It's amazing we see that people don't connect them - they just have them dangling there.

"It's like wearing a seatbelt.

"My job is to try to reduce the amount of times the lifeboat is going out. If we can educate people in all safety aspects, make sure they carry certain pieces of safety equipment on board their boats, the better."

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