UPDATE: 'Always use your kill cord'- warning from rescued motorboat owner

Man rescued after falling from speed boat which then continued to circle him

Carlo Wiggins

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DRAMA unfolded in Swanage after a man who forgot his kill cord and life jacket was flipped from his motorboat.

'Always remember your safety procedures'- that's the message from pedalo and deck chair hire owner Carlo Wiggins who got in to difficulty when he dashed to rescue a beach-goer.

His Dorey motorboat hit a couple of waves and flipped him out.

Carlo swam away from the boat, which kept chugging round in a circle.

He was helped from the water by his father, Barry Wiggins who arrived on a pedalo, and his friend Justin Streams came over on a jetski and turned the boat's throttle off.

Carlo is now urging anyone using a boat to remember that no matter the emergency, they must remember to attach their kill cord and wear a lifejacket.

A kill cord is designed to kill the engine in the event of the driver going overboard and is normally attached to the leg or to a buoyancy aid.

Fortunately, Carlo was away from the beach, with no boats or swimmers nearby, when the incident happened. He said the craft moved in slow, tight circles, not like a speedboat, and so he was able to swim away and wait until help arrived.

Carlo said he felt 'terrible' about the incident, as he has worked on the beach for 30 years and has an 'immaculate' safety record- including saving two boys who fell from their rubber dinghy last year.

But he said he rushed to help a dinghy in distress on Saturday afternoon and a series of events lead to the 'unfortunate' incident.

He said: “I've learnt a valuable lesson.

“Whatever the emergency situation you have always got to make time for your safety procedures or you could actually make the situation worse.

“I'll never ever not wear that kill cord again - even if I'm pottering out somewhere.”

Coastguards said the incident highlighted the importance of wearing buoyancy aids and a kill cord.

Portland Coastguard Watch manager Cindy Rodaway said: “We are very relieved that everyone is safe and well and that there are no injuries resulting from this incident.

“All owners and drivers of open powerboats, personal watercraft and RIBs should ensure that if their boat is fitted with a kill switch and kill cord, it is correctly used.”

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6:45pm Sat 9 Aug 14

philthebook says...

This goes to show that you should always wear your killcord, with it you move away from the control the engine will die. So simple it saves lives,
This goes to show that you should always wear your killcord, with it you move away from the control the engine will die. So simple it saves lives, philthebook
  • Score: 10

7:56pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Rodwellocal says...

Worrying that the cox'n of a safety boat apparently ignored one of the primary safety rules of operating a small power driven craft.
Worrying that the cox'n of a safety boat apparently ignored one of the primary safety rules of operating a small power driven craft. Rodwellocal
  • Score: 16

8:15pm Sat 9 Aug 14

MrTomSmith says...

Some practice required on the headline I think.
Some practice required on the headline I think. MrTomSmith
  • Score: -1

12:11am Sun 10 Aug 14

JamesYoung says...

Rodwellocal wrote:
Worrying that the cox'n of a safety boat apparently ignored one of the primary safety rules of operating a small power driven craft.
Hear hear. After that fellow was killed in Cornwall a year or so back, you'd think it was fresh in people's minds. I always wear mine, even though my boat is a sailing boat and only travels about 4 knots under engine.
[quote][p][bold]Rodwellocal[/bold] wrote: Worrying that the cox'n of a safety boat apparently ignored one of the primary safety rules of operating a small power driven craft.[/p][/quote]Hear hear. After that fellow was killed in Cornwall a year or so back, you'd think it was fresh in people's minds. I always wear mine, even though my boat is a sailing boat and only travels about 4 knots under engine. JamesYoung
  • Score: 9

3:08pm Sun 10 Aug 14

MrTomSmith says...

Bit Better.
Bit Better. MrTomSmith
  • Score: -2

6:42pm Sun 10 Aug 14

malkie says...

MrTomSmith wrote:
Bit Better.
I really don't give a monkey's about headlines, but I'm glad this gentleman is safe and has learned a lesson. I hope that this will emphasize the need for the use of kill cords when driving power boats.
[quote][p][bold]MrTomSmith[/bold] wrote: Bit Better.[/p][/quote]I really don't give a monkey's about headlines, but I'm glad this gentleman is safe and has learned a lesson. I hope that this will emphasize the need for the use of kill cords when driving power boats. malkie
  • Score: 6

8:08pm Sun 10 Aug 14

custos says...

I don't understand why such an essential safety device is so badly designed. Why is not a 'dead man's handle' as was used on the railway - in other words it should be impossible to maintain power unless the driver is holding the throttle.
I don't understand why such an essential safety device is so badly designed. Why is not a 'dead man's handle' as was used on the railway - in other words it should be impossible to maintain power unless the driver is holding the throttle. custos
  • Score: 7

10:26pm Sun 10 Aug 14

MrTomSmith says...

custos wrote:
I don't understand why such an essential safety device is so badly designed. Why is not a 'dead man's handle' as was used on the railway - in other words it should be impossible to maintain power unless the driver is holding the throttle.
Yes I have always thought that as well, you don't have the device on, you don't go anywhere.
[quote][p][bold]custos[/bold] wrote: I don't understand why such an essential safety device is so badly designed. Why is not a 'dead man's handle' as was used on the railway - in other words it should be impossible to maintain power unless the driver is holding the throttle.[/p][/quote]Yes I have always thought that as well, you don't have the device on, you don't go anywhere. MrTomSmith
  • Score: 1

10:27pm Sun 10 Aug 14

MrTomSmith says...

malkie wrote:
MrTomSmith wrote:
Bit Better.
I really don't give a monkey's about headlines, but I'm glad this gentleman is safe and has learned a lesson. I hope that this will emphasize the need for the use of kill cords when driving power boats.
I do.
[quote][p][bold]malkie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MrTomSmith[/bold] wrote: Bit Better.[/p][/quote]I really don't give a monkey's about headlines, but I'm glad this gentleman is safe and has learned a lesson. I hope that this will emphasize the need for the use of kill cords when driving power boats.[/p][/quote]I do. MrTomSmith
  • Score: 0

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