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"One of the industry's best and loveliest"

Saint Piran's Flag flies at half mast in the harbour at Padstow Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Tributes have been pouring in for the London father who was killed in an horrific speedboat accident at the weekend while policeinvestigating the deaths of Nick Milligan and his 8 year old daughter Emily, said a "kill cord" device is a key focus.

The cord is attached to the boat's throttle and driver, so if the driver goes overboard the engine cuts out.

The father and daughter, who were from Wandsworth, were hit by the boat after being thrown into the water off Padstow in Cornwall on Sunday. The family were there for the bank holiday weekend.

His wife and son were seriously injured while his two older daughters, aged 10 and 12 have minor injuries.

Meanwhile Nick Milligan's employer, Sky, said in a statement:

"Everyone at Sky is deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic accident involving the Milligan family. Nick has been a great friend and colleague for many years and his loss will be felt across our company and the industry. Our very deepest sympathies are with his family at this time."

Ben Fenton wrote on Twitter: "Nick Milligan, who died with one of his kids in the Padstow speedboat accident, was one of the kindest, nicest funniest men I have ever met."

Stephen M said: "Incredibly sad news about Nick Milligan. An absolute tragedy, one of the truly lovely people in our business."

And Stefano Hatfield, editor of The IPaper tweeted: "One of industry's best and loveliest."

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