Use this checklist to keep you, your family and friends safe this season.
The tragic accident which took place in the Camel Estuary in Cornwall
last May provides a salutary reminder to us all of the need to think
In this incident the family of six were ejected
from their RIB during a high-speed turn and subsequently run over by
their own boat. Two people were killed and three others injured, two of
What should have been a fun, rewarding and enjoyable day out ended in
tragic circumstances and inconsolable grief for family, friends and
The MAIB report of its
investigation goes into detail about the contributing factors relating
to this incident however there are simple steps you can take every time
you go out on the water that will help keep you, your family and friends
safe this season.
- Always wear a kill cord
always use a kill cord and ensure that it is correctly attached to the
driver of the boat. Always switch off your engine when you are near
someone in the water.
The kill cord when correctly worn will stop the engine if the driver becomes dislodged from the helm position.
- Keep a good look out
the driver of the boat keeps a proper lookout at all times. When towing
anyone on water skis, wake-boards or inflatables always have a spotter
in the boat to monitor the people being towed.
- Safe seating and good handholds
When operating at speed, everyone should be securely seated with good handholds.
Speed should be matched to the conditions – in rougher conditions slow down.
- Good communication
driver should warn passengers and crew prior to making any manoeuvres
at speed or approaching rough water or wash from other vessels.
- Know your limits
Keep within your experience and ability. Be honest with yourself and get the necessary training to help you stay safe.
This list is by no means exhaustive and does not substitute the
requirement for practical training and on-board familiarisation.
always a good idea to read the boat’s manual prior to going on the
water in order to understand fully the way the boat handles under speed,
the seating arrangements and other practical considerations.
Read the RYA Safety Advisory Notice 01/14 and find more information on safety.
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