Investigations into the recent tragic accident in Padstow find that the boat was fitted with a kill cord, but that it was not attached to the driver at the time.
The RYA reminds all owners and operators of such vessels fitted with a kill cord to;
1. Test them regularly to ensure that the engine stops when the kill cord mechanism is operated
2. Make sure that the cord is in good condition
3. Always attach the cord to the driver, ideally before the engine is started, but certainly before the engine is put in gear
4. When changing drivers, it is strongly recommended that you should turn off the engine before transferring the kill cord from one driver to the other
5. The engine should only be restarted when the kill cord has been securely attached to the new driver.
The kill cord serves only one vital purpose, to stop the engine when the driver moves away from the controls for whatever reason.
We all know it makes sense, let’s not have a repeat of this tragedy. Read what the RYA has to say about this.