Archive for January 2014

Nicholas Milligan's Boat / RIB

Nicholas Milligan’s Boat / RIB

Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) in the UK issued their investigative report on the May 5, 2013 Nicholas Milligan family boat propeller accident at Padstow Harbor today (30 January 2014).

We previously covered the accident at: Nicholas Milligan Boat Propeller Accident at Padstow UK. His family was out for day of fun on the RIB. They were all ejected, the boat began to circle and some of them were struck repeatedly by the propeller. Nicholas and one of his daughters (Emily) were killed. His wife and his son were severely injured (she lost her left leg below the knee). Two daughters had minor injuries and were terrified. Read More→

U.S. Coast Guard’s Boating Accident Report Database (BARD) remains the primary source for those trying to identify individual recreational boating accidents of a certain type in the United States. It is compiled from accident reports sent to USCG by the individual states and territories.

The Coast Guard’s Annual Boating Statistics report does a nice job of summarizing annual BARD data and providing statistics for the types of accidents the Coast Guard has individual classifications / categories for as seen in our discussion of their 2012 report. You can see many types of accidents are classified in this annual report including capsizing, collision with fixed object, collision with floating object, collision with submerged object, ejected from vessel, falls overboard, grounding, person struck by boat, and person struck by propeller.

As noted several times earlier on this site, the uninitiated may be confused by the presentation of the data (accidents listed as a series of three events) in the annual boating statistics report, but the information is there if you know how to interpret it.

However, those seeking similar statistical information for types of accidents not specifically classified by BARD and reported in USCG’s annual boating statistics report, are left to using BARD and building their own counts, as are those seeking detailed information on individual accidents of a certain type. Read More→