RYA Important Safety Advice

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Important safety advice re: kill cords
Following the safety bulletin issued by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch today which says that the driver of the speedboat involved in the tragic accident in Padstow was not wearing a kill cord, the RYA is urging all owners and operators of powerboats and RIBs to remember to wear a kill cord.

The RYA is keen to promulgate this important safety advice as widely as possible and would be grateful for any support that you can provide in making your members aware of this.

You are free to use the article below on your club website or use in your club newsletter. At the end of this email is an image you can download and use, together with the details of the video ‘Using a Kill Cord’ which you are free to embed on your site or link to.

There are also posters available that you can download and post on your club noticeboard.

Remember: always wear a kill cord

The kill cord is there to protect you

Following the publication of the Marine Accident Investigation Branch’s Safety Bulletin 1/2013 today (17 May) the RYA is reminding everyone driving powerboats and RIBs to wear a kill cord.

In its bulletin the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) says that the RIB involved in the tragic accident in Padstow over the May Bank Holiday was fitted with a kill cord but that it was not attached to the driver at the time.

Always attach the kill cord to the driver

All owners and operators of such vessels fitted with a kill cord to should:

- Test them regularly to ensure that the engine stops when the kill cord mechanism is operated
- Make sure that the cord is in good condition
- Always attach the cord to the driver, ideally before the engine is started, but certainly before the engine is put in gear
- When changing drivers it is strongly recommended that you should turn the engine off before transferring the kill cord from one driver to the other. The engine should only be restarted when the kill cord has been securely attached to the new driver.

It’s there to protect you

Richard Falk, RYA Training Manager and Chief Examiner said: “The kill cord serves only one vital purpose, to stop the engine when the driver moves away from the controls for whatever reason.”

“No one wants a repeat of this tragic accident and so the RYA is urging everyone driving a powerboat, RIB or personal watercraft to make sure that they attach the kill cord around their leg before they switch on their engine.”

“In this type of boat a kill cord is just as important as wearing a lifejacket or buoyancy aid. Both are there to protect you”.

You can read the MAIB Safety Bulletin 1/2013 on the MAIB website.

The purpose of an MAIB Safety Bulletin is to communicate any safety lessons that have been identified from an incident prior to the full report on an investigation being published.

Read more about Kill Cords in our Safety Information guide


- Kill Cord image
- youtu.be/7Lxiwd0chGE
- Use your kill Cord Poster 1
- Use your kill Cord Poster 2

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