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A father and his young daughter were killed by their out-of-control speedboat after he took over the steering from his wife, investigators found.
Nick Milligan and his 8 year old daughter Emily were killed after being thrown from their boat in Padstow last May.
A report published today has by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch found that his wife had been at the helm of the boat but wasn't attached to the kill cord, which cuts power in an emergency.
The inquest into the deaths of two people involved in a family speedboat tragedy is to be opened this afternoon. Nick Milligan, 51, and his eight year-old daughter Emily died in an accident on the River Camel at Padstow on Sunday May 5.
The Cornwall Coroner Dr Emma Carlyon is due to open the hearing at Truro City Council offices at 12.30pm.
It was a tragedy which devastated what should have been an enjoyable bank holiday weekend near Padstow earlier this month. Six members of the same family, thrown from their speedboat, which then circled out of control, killing a father and daughter.
Accident investigators have today revealed the driver had not properly connected an important safety device.
The driver of a speedboat that went out of control killing two people in Cornwall was not attached to a safety device designed to cut the engine in an emergency.
Nick Milligan and 8-year-old Emily died when they were hit by the boat earlier this month. His wife and 4-year-old son were seriously injured.
A report by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch advises drivers to wear a control cord so the engine cuts out if they get thrown from the boat.
The driver of a speedboat which killed two members of the same family as it raged out of control was not attached to a safety device designed to cut power in an emergency, investigators have said.
Nick Milligan, 51, the managing director of Sky's advertising sales division, Sky Media, was declared dead at the scene in Padstow, Cornwall, with his daughter, Emily, eight, following the incident on Sunday, May 5.
The Marine Accident Investigation Branch report said the boat ran over members of the family "a number of times" as it circled in the water.
Investigations have continued today into the deaths of a man and his 8-year-old daughter off Padstow. Nick and Emily Milligan were killed on Sunday when the speedboat they were in went out of control. They were then hit by the vessel.
Tonight four other members of the family remain in Derriford Hospital, with two being treated for 'life changing' injuries. Steve Hardy reports:
Charlie Toogood, the RNLI volunteer who leapt aboard the out-of-control speedboat to stop its engine, has issued this statement:
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A report into a speedboat accident off Padstow has revealed that a father and daughter died after he tried to make a fast turn.
A father and daughter were killed by their out-of-control speedboat in Cornwall after he took over the steering, investigators found.