Fatal Accident with a Family RIB – a Survivor Testifies

Victiora’s husband Nick and eight year old daughter Emily were killed and Victoria lost her left leg below the knee. No kill cord, it turned out to be a fatal accident…

This speedboat accident left Victoria coping with grief, supporting her surviving children and adjusting to life with a disability.

She says: “I now tick boxes, which I could never have dreamed of: widow, trauma victim, amputee and bereaved mother.”

May 5, 2013, an entire family was catapulted from a RIB (source RYA and MAIB). The 8 m RIB, powered by a 300 hp engine, sailed at high speed with 6 people on board (2 adults and 4 children) at Camel Estuary next to Padstow in Cornwall, UK.

After the people were thrown out of the boat, the uncontrolled RIB ran over the drowning people several times.

2 people were killed and 2 seriously injured.

The engine cut-out ‘kill cord’ mechanism was not activated as it had not been attached to the driver.

The above-mentioned MAIB report once again confirms that in the event of a fatal accident, an extensive investigation follows with all possible parties involved (seller of the boat, sailing school, constructor, etc.).

Out of respect the dramatic footage is not shown.

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2 Thoughts to “Fatal Accident with a Family RIB – a Survivor Testifies”

  1. Gerry Russell

    What a wonderful lady. xxx ALWAYS ALWAYS use a kill cord.

    1. Karel Overlaet, Medianaut

      No doubt about that!

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