Following a fatal incident involving the ejection of a family of six from an 8m RHIB the MAIB have issued a safety bulletin drawing attention to the proper use of kill cords on powered craft, reproduced as follows:
The kill cord serves only one purpose, to stop the engine when the driver moves away from the controls. To ensure that this tragic accident is not repeated it is essential that all owners and operators of vessels fitted with kill cords:
The full MAIB Safety Bulletin and further information regarding the use of kill cords can be found at: www.maib.gov.uk/publications/safety_bulletins/safety_bulletin_2013/safety_bulletin_1_2013.cfm
This notice supersedes LNTM 03/2013 which is now cancelled.
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