Archive for May 2013

Exposed Propellers Are a Financial Hazard per Afloat Editorial

The June 2013 editorial in Afloat, an Australian boating and sail boating magazine, is titled “Exposed Propellers Are Now Both a Safety…. And Financial Hazard!“. The editorial by Robin Copeland strongly makes the point that Australian regulators and New Zealand Courts are charging and pursuing organizations that fail to provide safeguards for their employees and […]

Madaline Cole, UK Woman Killed by Boat Propeller in Malaysia

Madaline Cole, 25 of Herefordshire England, was snorkeling with three friends in Malaysia. About 10:20 am May 27, 2013 they were off Shari-La Resort, Pulau Perhentian Kecil, off the northeast coast of West Malaysia in the South China Sea. A boat bringing tourists in to the island resort struck her and Simon James Rogers, 22 […]

Our List of Outboard Motors Flipping Into Boats Was Updated Today

Several recent boat accidents in which outboard motors strike submerged objects and flip into boats, often with the propeller still turning have caused us to update our previous post listing these types of accidents. The spreadsheet on Outboard Motor Struck Submerged Object and Flipped Into Boat was updated today (22 May 2013) to include a […]

Charlie Hutton’s Brothers Raise Funds for RNLI

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, […]

Petition to Make Boat Kill Cord Use Mandatory in UK

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 […]

New Category Created to Cover Propeller Safety Causes

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 […]

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, […]

USCG Releases Recreational Boating Statistics 2012

U.S. Coast Guard released their annual recreational boating accident statistics report on Monday May 13th. The total fatality count for 2012 was 651 deaths, a record low. USCG reported 181 propeller accidents, 187 propeller injuries, and 19 propeller fatalities. For a more in depth historical comparison of propeller accident data, please see our Propeller Accident […]

Timothy Clippard of Missouri Killed on Kentucky Lake in Boat Accident

Timothy Allen Clippard, 51 of Jackson Missouri, was participating in a bass fishing tournament on Kentucky Lake on Thursday 9 May 2013. About 4:15 pm, he and his partner were on the way back to Moor’s Marina to weigh in their catch. While going north under Eggner’s Ferry Bridge in Marshall County Kentucky, their boat […]

Casey Schulman: Andrew Armour Charged in Her Death by Propeller

Casey Schulman, a University of Virginia (UVA) senior participating in the UVA Semester at Sea program was struck and killed by a boat propeller on the island of Dominica in December 2012. Recently, her family hired legal assistance to try to encourage further action in Dominca. Today, Thursday 9 November 2013 Andrew Armour, captain of […]