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Father took wheel of speedboat before accident

A father and his young daughter were killed by their out-of-control speedboat in Padstow last May after he took over the steering from his wife, investigators found.

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Statement from Padstow boat rescuer Charlie Toogood

Charlie Toogood, the RNLI volunteer who leapt aboard the out-of-control speedboat to stop its engine, has issued this statement:

There were many "heroes" in this tragic incident, all of whom did a remarkable job in difficult circumstances. However, now is a time to solely reflect on the bereaved and injured family members and their wider family and friends. My thoughts are with them all and will be for a long time to come. I have nothing more to add and would hope that our community can now be left to deal with this tragedy in own own way and in peace and quiet.

– Charlie Toogood, RNLI volunteer

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