On May Bank Holiday weekend a father and daughter tragically died in a speedboat accident in Cornwall. Investigators say that the driver of the speedboat was not wearing a safety cord, often called a kill cord, which could have stopped the engine and may have prevented the accident.
My son Tristan was killed at Southampton international boat show in 2000. I subsequently campaigned for greater awareness of the importance of the kill cord. There have been other fatal accidents where powerboats have been left out of control with no one at the helm.
A kill cord is a simple device which when used will stop a vessel in its tracks when a helmsman, either falls overboard or is accidentally thrown away from the controls. The word kill, in the term kill cord, refers to the killing of the engine, however the result of either not wearing it, or its malfunction can be fatal.
My son would almost certainly be alive today had a kill cord been attached to the person in control. In his case, very brave people put their own lives at risk in order to stop the runaway boat. Depressingly I see history repeating itself and it is clear that recommendations that the kill cord be attached are not enough and legislation is required to make their use mandatory.
Please sign my petition to make wearing kill cords mandatory.
- The British Government
- Prime Minster of the United Kingdom
Rt Hon David Cameron MP
Legislate that the use of kill cords in powerboats be obligatory.
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