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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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MAIB Issues Kill Cord Warning After UK Milligan Accident

Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) investigates marine accidents for the United Kingdom (UK). Today, 17 May 2013, MAIB issued Safety Bulletin 1/2013 in response to the recent double fatality Nicholas Milligan accident. The family was ejected from a RIB near Padstow Harbor, Cornwall UK, at Camel Estuary, the unmanned RIB circled, and struck them repeatedly, […]

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RYA Updates Position Statement on Propeller Guards

Royal Yachting Association (RYA) recently updated their position statement on the use of propeller guards. The well known national UK boating association replaced their 6 May 2009 one page statement, Guidance on Prop Guards, with: A three page document titled Guidance on Prop Guards for Recreational Boaters dated 28 February 2013 A two page document […]

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Texas Legislature Introduces Bill in Memory of Kali Gorzell

On March 15, 2013 Texas Representative Lyle Larson filed HR 986 in the Texas House of Representatives. The bill honors the life of Kali Gorzell of San Antonio who was killed in a propeller accident on July 20, 2012. The bill was placed on the Congratulations and Memorial Resolution Calendar on March 27, 2013. HR […]

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Madi Abeid: Young Girl Writes Profound Article on Propeller Guard Issues

Madi Abeid published, “Boat Propeller Guards: A Smart Choice” in a March 18, 2013 special issue of the Cape Cod Times. She was drawn to the topic after her sister was struck by a boat propeller in July 2012. Madi notes that if a guard had been installed her sister would not have spent most […]

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A Busy Day of Propeller Safety News: January 31, 2013

We receive news feeds from many sources. Sometimes our own articles create news, sometimes our viewers send in propeller safety news that just occurred, commercial news feeds often supply news with three dates (yesterday from remote parts of the world, today from the U.S., and tomorrow from developed countries across the international date line). On […]

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Yamaha Motor UK Pro says “a propeller guard is essential to reduce the risk of injury”

A March 28, 2012 Yamaha Motor UK press release from their new Pro division showcases recent deliveries of flood rescue boats to Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue. Yamaha’s new Pro division specializes in products for professional users, emergency crews, and the military. (As noted at the end of this post, Yamaha has since removed all online […]

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Propeller Guard Information Center launches a Facebook presence

Back on July 27, 2012 we launched on Facebook. Please come by and “Like Us” at Facebook.com/PropellerSafety. We will be expanding our presence there as time permits, but we have already been able to reach several people we would otherwise have missed. While our main archive of information will remain over here at PropellerSafety.com, we […]

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Donald G. Balius, Sr. : Obituary of a Propeller Guard Pioneer

We recently noticed Donald Balius passed away back on April 25, 2009 at age 81. He owned and operated Donald Balius Iron Works in Biloxi Mississippi at the same address for over 50 years until it was destroyed by hurricane Katrina in 2005. A nice obituary is in the Sun Herald (Biloxi-Gulfport MS). We borrowed […]

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Lawrence E. “Larry” Thibault Obituary

We just became aware of the passing of Dr. Lawrence “Larry” Thibault back on September 10, 2011. He was well know as a biomechanics expert witness for the plaintiffs in propeller strike cases. Dr. Thibault, a former Chairman of the School of Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania, and founded Biomechanics, Inc. at Exton Pennsylvania. […]

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