Powerboat left circling in sea as two people thrown overboard

Powerboat left circling in sea as two people thrown overboard

Powerboat left circling in sea as two people thrown overboard

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A powerboat was left circling dangerously in the sea after its two occupants were thrown overboard.

Dover Coastguard was called at about 9am this morning (Sunday) to reports an out of control RHIB with nobody onboard was circling in the sea off St Leonards.

Two people were in the water clinging on to a buoy about a quarter-mile off shore as the boat circled around them.

The Hastings Coastguard Rescue Team and the Hastings inshore RNLI lifeboat were sent to the scene.

When they got there, they found the two people had managed to swim back to shore without injury.

However the boat was spotted circling just off shore before lifeboat crew managed to bring it under control and cut off the engine.

Nicola Goodban, Watch Manager at Dover Coastguard, said: “This Sunday morning boat trip could easily have ended in tragedy. It appears the driver of this RHIB was not wearing a kill cord, which meant when the people on board were thrown into the water, there was no way to stop the engine and bring the boat under control.

“We always recommend you wear a kill cord when out on a power boat. One end of the kill cord is attached near the throttle and the other should go around the helmsman's leg. You should always check your kill cord works at the start of each day or session and remember to renew it regularly.”

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8:15pm Sun 27 Jul 14

John Steed says...

no kill cord, not the first muppets to go to sea, not the first to fall overboard with an uncontrollable boat circling them, but they survived & were uninjured, lucky, thats for sure
no kill cord, not the first muppets to go to sea, not the first to fall overboard with an uncontrollable boat circling them, but they survived & were uninjured, lucky, thats for sure John Steed
  • Score: 6

8:44pm Sun 27 Jul 14

qm says...

Would have thought after that horrific accident where the father and one of his three daughters was killed and the mother and young son sustained life changing injuries last year would have publicised the necessity for this simple safety measure. The publicity surrounding the Millligan family tragedy was widespread so no excuses!
Would have thought after that horrific accident where the father and one of his three daughters was killed and the mother and young son sustained life changing injuries last year would have publicised the necessity for this simple safety measure. The publicity surrounding the Millligan family tragedy was widespread so no excuses! qm
  • Score: 9

4:34pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Pugsley101 says...

Makes me so angry. Every time that life boat goes out it is not only costing a huge amount of money for the R.N.L.I charity but it is also risking the lives of those extremely brave individuals who selflessly volunteer to help those in all sorts of weather conditions whether the persons own fault or not.
A kill cord is £'s, safety equipment full stop is £'s... a life is priceless.
Makes me so angry. Every time that life boat goes out it is not only costing a huge amount of money for the R.N.L.I charity but it is also risking the lives of those extremely brave individuals who selflessly volunteer to help those in all sorts of weather conditions whether the persons own fault or not. A kill cord is £'s, safety equipment full stop is £'s... a life is priceless. Pugsley101
  • Score: 1

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