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Boat Design Defects: NBC4 Investigation “Small Craft Advisory”

NBC Channel 4, Washington D.C., aired a series of stories on boat design defects on 16 August 2017. The series focuses on: Two families: (1) family of Ryan Batchelder, 7 year old boy killed by a boat propeller in Georgia in 2014, and (2) family of Niki Bell, struck by a boat propeller in California […]

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Marion Irving deCruz (SPIN) recognized by U.S. Coast Guard

Marion Irving deCruz, longtime proponent of boat propeller safety was recently recognized for her decades of dedication to boat propeller safety. Marion founded Stop Propeller Injuries Now (SPIN) in the wake of the death of her son, Emilio Cruz in a 1993 houseboat propeller accident. Her tireless work and efforts have made the waters safer […]

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ABYC Releases Consolidated Boat Warning Labels

American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) has been working with Design Research Engineering (DRE), a consulting firm, for some time to develop a series of warnings that are grouped together (consolidated) for use on certain types of vessels (such as gasoline outboard powered open motor boats) in certain locations (helm, cabin, transom, occupant, deck). Some […]

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Nixon Sandbar Video vs. “Don’t Wreck Your Summer”

Miami New Times continuing coverage of boating safety issues identified Nixon Sandbar as a well known party spot with ties to some major boating accidents (like the DJ Laz accident, and the July 4th Dinner Key accident). As part of their investigation, Miami New Times shot some video coverage of the weekend of July 4th, […]

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South Florida boat party scene & safety: Miami New Times

Trevor Bach of the Miami New Times (a paper in Miami FL) authored a major investigative story on the South Florida boat party scene getting out of hand and resulting in several high profile accidents. The last of which, was the quadruple fatality the evening of July 4th off Dinner Key. A 32 foot power […]

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The Truth About Kill Cords: Motor Boat & Yachting article

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 […]

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DAN Europe Renews Propeller Injury Prevention Safety Campaign

Divers Alert Network (DAN) Europe is known for launching a long running propeller injury awareness program for divers in 2004. That campaign was relaunched in July 2013 for 2013-2014 as “Watch Out! Propellers Can Kill!” DAN’s new propeller safety campaign focuses on trying to manage the risk of propeller injuries from both sides: from the […]

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Gowrie Group Insurance Recommends Use of Propeller Guards

Gowrie Group, an independent insurance agency, manages The Burgee Insurance Program, a well known insurer of yacht clubs and sailing organizations endorsed by U.S. Sailing. On 11 July 2013, Gowrie Group issued a press release recommending: “that propeller guards be installed on all outboard motors used for teaching junior sailing, coaching sailing, running races, and […]

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Google searches for “Kill Cord” spike in UK following the Milligan accident

Interest in recreational boat kill cords (emergency engine cut-off switches and lanyards) strongly peaked in the United Kingdom (UK) following the Nicholas Milligan family accident at Padstow Harbor on May 5, 2013. Interest world wide was also very high after the accident. As an example of the peak in interest, we investigated Google search frequencies. […]

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Powerboat & RIB Magazine distributes “Wear Your Kill Cord” warning sticker

In the wake of all the attention focused on kill cords (emergency engine kill-switch lanyards) by the Milligan accident, Powerboat & RIB Magazine (PBR) is taking action will be sending our free “Attach Your Kill Cord” warning stickers with their July issue. They announced the new warning stickers labels were in stock via Twitter on […]

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