Archive for December 2013

Cian Williams

Cian Williams

Cian Williams, then 13, was struck by a boat propeller in August 2012 in Wales. Since the strike, Cian and his mother have been among the leading propeller safety advocates in the UK. Cian has been gathering names on a petition to change Welsh law to require propeller guards on boat propellers.

In the wake Cian and his mother’s efforts, the statement by the Isle of Wight Coroner in the investigation of the Hutton fatality, the double fatality Milligan accident, the Princes Club fatality remaining in the legal news, and the re-entry of Heddon Johnson as a propeller safety advocate, considerable interest has been focused on boat propeller safety issues in the UK.

In response to a letter from Cian’s MP Elfyn Llwyd to Sir Alan Massey at Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), MCA announced that they were going to:

“look at different ways of guarding the propeller.”

Now, months later, after things have cooled off a bit, MCA has changed their tune. Read More→

4 Categories : Regulations

As part of our continued efforts to encourage the boating industry to address the boating safety hazard of boat outboard motors striking submerged objects and flipping into boats, we published a list of approaches, methods, and technologies used by others, or that appear potentially applicable to this problem.

The paper itself is about a 65 page pdf document titled:

Approaches to Prevent Outboard Motors From Flipping Into Boats After Striking Submerged Objects. Read More→

As our list of outboard motors striking submerged objects and flipping into boats continues to grow, and we see no response, we thought we would provide a chart of methods and technologies that have been proposed to help prevent the problem, mitigate the injuries, and speed the recovery of survivors.

We hope this chart will stimulate discussion, encourage action, and help prevent some of these accidents in the future.

The chart is a very large pdf chart, best viewed on a very large monitor. It shows the various time intervals across the top and the groups that could assist down the left side. The matrix is then completed by filling in what each group or entity could do during each time interval to help prevent and mitigate injuries and fatalities from these accidents. Read More→