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Father took wheel of speedboat before accident

Nick Milligan and his 8 year old daughter Emily were killed after being thrown from this speedboat boat Credit: ITV News West Country

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.

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Padstow Christmas Food Festival

It's the Christmas Food Festival in Padstow tonight. The four day festival started in the village hall six years ago and has grown ever since. Over a hundred stalls are trading and celebrity chefs from across the country will be putting on demonstrations.

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Devon restaurant named as best in Britian

Devon restaurant named as best in Britian Credit: ITV News West Country

A restaurant in Devon has come top of a list of the best British restaurants.The Sunday Times Food List has put Gidleigh Park in Chagford, run by Michael Caines in the number 1 slot.

Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, in Rock has been placed in 4th position and is the highest ranking fish restaurant. The Seafood Restaurant and Paul Ainsworth in Padstow have also been named.

Father and daughter rescued from fog near Padstow

A man and his five-year-old daughter were guided back to shore after becoming lost in their boat in thick fog off Padstow last night. Falmouth Coastguards received an emergency call out at 6:20pm

We always urge people to check the weather before they set off, just in case they get caught out in fog like this evening. You also need make sure all your communications equipment on board is working so you can call for help if needed. We also want to take this opportunity to remind people to wear a lifejacket. It's useless unless worn, and could save your life."

– Simon Dennis, Watch Officer at Falmouth Coastguard,

Full report: Families rescued after SOS in the sand

Two families in Cornwall are counting themselves lucky tonight after they got trapped by the tide on a beach near Rock.

It was their impromptu SOS message that was spotted by a passing walker from a cliff top.

The four adults and three children wrote the words 'Call for Help' in the sand.

The alarm was raised and a lifeboat raced to rescue them.

Jacquie Bird takes up the story:

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Picnickers rescued after writing message in the sand

Four adults and three children have been rescued by lifeboat after they got trapped on a beach in Cornwall by the swell. The RNLI was called to Butter Hole beach in Padstow yesterday after a cliff walker spotted the words "send for help" written in the sand.

The party had sailed in for a picnic but as the tide flooded the waves increased and they were afraid to launch back into the sea with the children onboard. As they didn't have radios they wrote the message in the sand and were lucky that it was seen.

This was a very difficult rescue carried out with great skill and bravery. There was the ever present threat of the lifeboat being swamped or capsized by the dumping seas, but our crew worked together to recover all the people and then their boats.

The group made a very sensible decision not to try launching their boats but they were lucky that a walker noticed the message calling for help written in the sand.

I would remind people that it’s important to have a suitable means of contacting someone when going to sea. Don’t assume you will have a mobile phone signal so take a VHF radio.

– Mike Hewitt, RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager at Rock
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