Kill Cords – The importance of wearing them and what happens when we don’t
Over the years, the absence of kill cords being worn when driving speed boats, RIBS, and small powerboats have been wanting in their absence. The necessity to wear kill cords is a priority. The attitude towards doing just that is somewhat lighthearted and often accompanied with a care free attitude. Multiple deaths and injuries over the years whether it is out on the sea or in a loch still doesn’t appear to register that accidents can and do happen.
The picture below isn’t the result of an attack of a Great White, but a propeller, he was lucky. It is not uncommon for boats, when the driver is thrown overboard and not wearing a kill cord, to continue to circle back. The result being the person in the water is run over by his own boat while it is out of control.
So is this a case of frightening everyone, putting a dampener on your boating; NO, its about common sense, preparing for the unexpected, the unnoticed wash off a passing vessel which results in a loss of control or a man overboard. By simply wearing a kill cord it avoids the boat continuing in its path of destruction. The same applies if you have youngsters driving. Get a dual kill cords so that both of you are wearing it. Its not rocket science this is your family and friends we are talking about. Be safe this summer and enjoy the water its a great sport with the opportunities for everyone to enjoy.
We don’t promise that nothing will happen to you but we can help educate you in how to deal with some of the issues raised by this post if you are looking for powerboat training you can view our RYA Powerboat Level 2 courses by following the link.
First aid training is a competency that all of us should learn to a lesser or greater degree so whether it is on board your own boat, at work or within your home life there is a course to suit all of you. Follow the link through and choose which course suits you best if you need help then we are at to answer any of your questions
MAIB Investigation into one families horror story KILL CORD DEATHS – SB1_13