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Its now been three years since the tragic propeller fatalities of Charlie Hutton near the Isle of Wight in the U.K., and Kali Gorzell in Texas on Friday July 20, 2012. Both youth showed incredible promise, and both lives were snuffed out at a young age. Charlie, the promising field hockey player was taken at 14, Kali, whose friends coined the phrase “Live Like Kali”, lost her life at age 16. Its hard to believe its been three years.

Charlie Hutton

Charlie Hutton

                 
Kali Gorzell

Kali Gorzell


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Nicholas Milligan

Nicholas Milligan

An inquest into the deaths of Nicholas “Niko” Milligan and his daughter Emily in a May 2013 boating accident at Padstow Harbor in the UK was held November 10-11 2014 in Truro. The incident was deemed to be an accident.

We covered the accident earlier at Nicholas Milligan accident and the subsequent MAIB report.

The very basics of the accident were a family of six out for day of boating. They were thinking of stopping, then decided to go one more round of the Camel Estuary. As Nicholas went to the stern to find his sun glasses, his wife, Victoria, took over the controls and did not attach the kill cord. Shortly later as she was turning around to go one more lap, he her husband reached over and turned the wheel sharply as he increased the throttle to help complete the turn before they hit the shore. Some think Nicholas may have slipped during that time and that made the turn and throttle movements more abrupt. Read More→

Rico Dardis

Rico Dardis

Earlier, we covered the 27 May 2013 Christchurch boat propeller death of Rico Dardis, a 30 year old UK rapper and father, in some of our efforts to record the history of boat propeller safety events in the UK. Since then, his death has often been in the news as authorities have been investigating the accident as a possible murder.

The last few days, several major UK papers have broken the gruesome story of Rico Dardis’ murder as it unraveled at Winchester Crown Court. The boat involved was named, “No Chance”. Paul Gerlach and Louis Borzoni are the men accused of murder. We will leave the remaining details to the UK media. Below we present images of two headlines (Mail Online / Daily Mail, and Mirror) with links to their respective media outlets.

We cover this story in part because it represents several other murders with boat propellers as the weapon of choice, and in part because of its location in the UK. The United Kingdom is still reeling from the 2013 Milligan accident and many other events. While this murder may not result in calls for boat propeller safety, it will keep propellers forefront in the minds of their citizens.

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Milligan Charitable Bike Ride logoIn May 2013, Nicholas Milligan’s family was in an horrific boat accident at Padstow Harbor in the UK. His family of 6 were all ejected from a RIB, the unmanned RIB began to circle, he and his daughter Emily were killed, his wife Victoria lost a leg, his son Kit suffered terrible injuries to his leg, and his two other daughters were traumatized and also received minor injuries. We covered the accident in, Nicholas Milligan Boat Propeller Accident.

Nicholas Milligan family

Nicholas Milligan family

Victoria Milligan

Victoria Milligan

Now, his widow, Victoria Milligan, has launched a major fundraising effort for RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) and Child Bereavement UK. She hopes to raise over £300,000 (over $510,000) during a charity bicycle / bike ride that begins in Cornwall. Read More→

Motor Boat & Yachting (MBY)published a great investigative article on boat kill switches in the wake of the Milligan family accident in the UK. The article was published in their September 2013 issue, and supported with numerous online materials.

The article titled, The Truth About Kill Cords is accompanied by results of a several question survey that had been presenting to several leading boating organizations and marine companies operating in the U.K. In addition, some videos of testing safety devices are included as well as a video discussing the issue in general.

The Truth About Kill Cords

The Truth About Kill Cords – MBY image


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United Kingdom (UK) Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) released their report on the Milligan accident on 30 January 2014. Nicholas Milligan’s family’s May 5, 2013 accident captivated the UK. An affluent family out for a day on the Camel Estuary at Padstow Harbor in their RIB ended in tragedy with the death of the father and a daughter, the mother lost part of her leg, a son was severely injured, and two daughters received minor injuries.

This post reviews MAIBS’s findings and offers some comments. Read More→

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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→

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→

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Mari-Simon Cronje

Mari-Simon Cronje

Mari-Simon Cronje, then 11, was attending a birthday party at a water sports club in the UK on September 11, 2010. Princes Club Water Sports Park, Bedfont, Middlesex, UK was a well known water park near London’s Heathrow Airport. She fell from a large towed inflatable banana, was ran over by the towboat, and killed by the propeller.

On 22 November 2013, Princes Club Water Sports Park was fined nearly 35,000 Pound Sterling (the entire worth of the company) and its owner, William Bottriell was ordered to pay 100,000 Pound Sterling in costs. The combined 135,000 Pound Sterling is equivalent to about $218,800 U.S.

This case was not brought by the family, it was the UK government enforcing its laws on the water park. As we understand it, the fine will go to the UK government, not to the family.

Mari-Simon was one of about ten girls riding a towed inflatable banana being towed by a ski boat (inboard powered 6.5 meter, 330 horsepower Ski Nautique). The inflatable was designed to be towed at a maximum of 15 miles per hour. Read More→

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Samantha "Sam" Smith of BBC

Samantha “Sam” Smith of BBC

“Inside Out South West” on BBC aired about a ten minute investigative report on boat kill cord safety in the UK on Monday evening September 30, 2013.

If you have not yet seen the video, details for viewing it through approximately Monday October 6th are on our announcement of the broadcast. If you are still unable to view the video, BBC did share about two minutes of the ten minute video at Call for Compulsory Speedboat Safety Cords. They also made that two minute clip available on YouTube, but it was later removed.

Most of the ten minute show focused on the issue of making the wearing of boat kill-cords mandatory and if the industry and regulatory groups were doing enough to make boaters safe.

Samantha “Sam” Smith, a nice, bubbly female reporter / presenter that can get serious when she needs to, leads viewers through BBC’s findings.

Others on the show or mentioned included:

  • Heddon Johnson – father of Tristan Johnson killed in a kill cord preventable accident in 2000
  • Paul Glatzel – RYA power boat trainer
  • Nicholas Milligan family – the family in the Padstow accident is discussed
  • James Hobard – powerboat expert that demonstrated wireless Coast Key
  • Harbor Patrol – Heddon Johnson goes for a ride with them

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