MAIB Safety Bulletin 1/2013 – Milly

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch is carrying out an investigation into the ejection of a family of six from a RHIB on 5 May 2013. The unmanned RHIB subsequently executed a series of tight high speed turns, running over members of the family in the water, causing two fatalities and serious injuries to two people.

MAIB Safety Bulletin 1/2013 – Milly
Incident date: 05 May 2013
Category: Leisure
Summary: Ejection of family of six from an 8.0m RHIB in the Camel Estuary leading to two fatalities and serious injuries to two people. Issued May 2013

At this early stage in the investigation, the mechanism that led to the family being ejected from the RHIB into the water, is not clear. At approximately 1549 (BST) on Sunday 5 May 2013 a family of two adults and four children were ejected from their 8.0m rigid hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) into the water. They were manoeuvring the boat at speed in the Camel Estuary near Padstow, Cornwall, UK.

The RHIB was fitted with a kill cord, but this was not attached to the driver at the time of the accident. Consequently, when the driver was ejected from the boat, the kill cord did not operate to stop the engine and the RHIB continued to circle out of control, at speed. As the RHIB circled, it ran over the family in the water a number of times, leading to the death of the father and the 8 year old daughter and serious injuries to the mother and the 4 year old son.

The kill cord serves only one purpose, to stop the engine when the driver moves away from the controls. To ensure that this tragic accident is not repeated it is essential that all owners and operators of vessels fitted with kill cords:
1. Test them regularly to ensure that the engine stops when the kill cord mechanism is operated.
2. Make sure that the cord is in good condition – not frayed.
3. Always attach the cord securely to the driver, ideally before the engine is started, but certainly before the boat is put in gear.
4. Stop the engine before transferring the kill cord to another driver.

Further information regarding the use of kill cords can be found at
Advice and information on Kill Cords from the RYA website:

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Push your boat out for ‘Push the Boat Out’ Day

July 21st is the RYA ‘Push the Boat Out’ day when boaters across the country are being asked to take to the water to showcase boating to the nation and show their support for our Olympic and Paralympic sailors prior to the London 2012 Games.
Industry organisations across the country have signed up to take part in Push the Boat Out day and will be hosting a range of activities and events including cruises, taster sessions and mass flotillas.
“We hope that clubs, centres and the marine industry really get in to the spirit of the day and encourage as many of their members and clients as possible to get out on the water on Saturday 21 July and have fun. It’s the last Saturday before the start of the London 2012 Games and thousands of people will be giving the British Sailing Team a wonderful send off, waving flags and wishing them ‘good luck’ on ‘Push the Boat Out’ day”, commented Celia Edgington, Sail for Gold programme co-ordinator who is organising the event.
It could be something as simple as wearing red white and blue if you are out on the water that day or dressing your boat with patriotic flags and bunting. The RYA PR team will be promoting the event to national, regional and trade media so it’s a fantastic opportunity to gain some publicity for your organisation. The BMF is one of the many supporters of Push the Boat Out Day. For more information about Sail for Gold, Push the Boat Out and details on how you can get involved visit the RYA website… 

New Green Guide for Marinas

A new guide to help marina managers get to grips with environmental legislation and improve waste, energy and water management has been launched by The Green Blue, the environment programme for the British Marine Federation (BMF) and RYA.
Launched at the BMF’s annual 2012 Marina Conference on Thursday 26 April, The Green Guide for Marinas, funded through The Crown Estate’s Marine Stewardship Fund, will be distributed across the UK to each of the 500 coastal and inland marinas.
The free resource sets out the key areas of environmental legislation every marina needs to meet as well as a selection of great ideas on how marinas can make their site and operations more environmentally friendly, with easy to follow practical steps and ideas. The Guide also contains a selection of case studies from marinas around the UK who have already made environmental improvements, including MDL’s Oil Spill Response Strategy and Overwater Marina’s Renewable Energy Project based on ground source heat pump. In most cases, improvements to environmental management have also lead to cost savings, offering an added incentive for marinas to review their environmental performance.
Julian Goldie, Manager of Tollesbury Marina, said: “Sustainability is much higher on the agenda these days for the whole recreational boating sector and to have a hands-on practical manual to provide bespoke advice for marina managers will be incredibly useful.”
Jane Swan from The Green Blue said: “We know that there is a wealth of general environmental advice available for businesses, but we also know that marina managers are busy people who need quick access to practical information relevant to the recreational boating sector. This guide meets those precise needs.”
The Guide is available to download from The Green Blue website:

Coastguard advise boat owners to get appropriate training

If you are going to sea, please ensure that you have the correct and necessary equipment to get you out of trouble. In this particular incident, a GPS, an anchor and knowing that you enough fuel to make your trip and return safely to port are all items that should be on your checklist.

We would always recommend that all boat users should know how to use a radio and the correct distress procedures. Check with your local yacht or boat club or the RYA as to how you can obtain training. Read more on the MCA website…

Lifejackets save lives

86 maritime deaths between 2007 and 2010 may have been avoided if those involved had worn a lifejacket or buoyancy aid. This is the latest finding of an expert panel which has been analysing maritime accidents since 2007.

Recently the panel, consisting of members from the MCA, RNLI, RYA, MAIB, lifejacket industry and Portsmouth University, looked at the 35 maritime deaths in 2010 where lifejacket wear may have been appropriate. They agreed that in 21 of those incidents a life might have been saved if a lifejacket or buoyancy aid had been worn.

Read more on the MCA website…