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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→

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Cian Williams

Cian Williams

Cian Williams, a young boy from North Wales severely injured by a boat propeller last year, and his mother have launched a petition to Sir Dafydd Ellis Thomas in the United Kingdom (UK) to “Put Cages on Boat Propellers”.

The petition itself is very brief and to the point, “Put cages on boat propellers.” It can be signed on Change.org. Over 630 people have already signed the petition. The petition is accompanied by a photo of a leg struck by a boat propeller.

UK Petition to Put Cages on Boat Propellers

UK Petition to Put Cages on Boat Propellers

Please sign their petition, and help Cian continue to draw attention to the dangers of exposed propellers.

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Charlie Hutton, 14 of the UK, was killed by a boat propeller off the Isle of Wight in July 2012. His brothers have since been raising fund for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) which came to his rescue. RNLI has been credited with saving over 140,000 lives in its long history.

Charlie’s older brothers, Tom and Sam, have chosen to use athletic events to help focus need on their cause. By participating in high profile athletic events and seeking pledges or donations, they are getting close to their target of 15,000 pounds (about $23,000 US).

Donations are accepted at Virgin Money Giving. Read More→

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Heddon Johnson lost his son, Tristan, to boat propeller accident at the Southamptom boat show in September 2000. His son and others were ejected from an 18 foot RIB in the boat demonstration area, the unmanned boat circled, and his son was struck and killed by the boat’s propeller. The kill cord was not in use.

In the wake of the recent Milligan double fatality and MAIB confirming no kill cord was in use in that accident either, Mr. Johnson is calling for mandatory usage of kill cords.

Heddon Johnson has launched a petition calling upon the British Government to legislate the obligatory use of kill cords on powerboats. The petition is on change.org.

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Over the years we have seen countless “causes” related to recreational boat propeller safety. Among them are:

  • Fund raising for charities (rescue operations, lifeboats, prosthetic charities, amputees, etc.)
  • Pass a Law – big pushes to pass certain laws in the wake of an accident
  • Joey’s Law – families try to pass a law in the name of their child

We will be posting some short term boat propeller causes on this page and creating separate posts for others that may be more long lasting. Read More→

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