The kill cord is there to protect you
Following the publication of the Marine Accident Investigation Branch’s Safety Bulletin 1/2013 today (17 May) the RYA is reminding everyone driving powerboats and RIBs to wear a kill cord.
In its bulletin the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) says that the RIB involved in the tragic accident in Padstow over the May Bank Holiday was fitted with a kill cord but that it was not attached to the driver at the time.
Always attach the kill cord to the driver
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It’s there to protect you
Richard Falk, RYA Training Manager and Chief Examiner said: “The kill cord serves only one vital purpose, to stop the engine when the driver moves away from the controls for whatever reason.”
“No one wants a repeat of this tragic accident and so the RYA is urging everyone driving a powerboat, RIB or personal watercraft to make sure that they attach the kill cord around their leg before they switch on their engine.”
“In this type of boat a kill cord is just as important as wearing a lifejacket or buoyancy aid. Both are there to protect you”.
You can read the MAIB Safety Bulletin 1/2013 on the MAIB website.
The purpose of an MAIB Safety Bulletin is to communicate any safety lessons that have been identified from an incident prior to the full report on an investigation being published.
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