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Speedboat death driver 'not attached to safety cord'

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 [boat] was fitted with a kill cord, but this was not attached to the driver at the time of the accident.

Consequently, when the driver was ejected from the boat, the kill cord did not operate to stop the engine and the [boat] continued to circle out of control, and at speed."

– The Marine Accident Investigation Branch

It said the boat ran over members of the family "a number of times" as it circled in the water.

Speedboat hero asks that the community be left in peace

Charlie Toogood said today "there were many 'heroes'" in the tragedy Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The water skiing instructor who jumped into the out of control speedboat and saved the lives of Nick Milligan's wife Victoria and their three children, spoke for the first time about the incident today.

Charlie Toogood, who volunteered with the RNLI at Rock lifeboat station for eight years said there were "many heroes" at the incident.

In a statement released through the RNLI, he said:

"There were many 'heroes' in this tragic incident all of whom did a remarkable job in difficult circumstances.

However, now is a time solely to reflect on thebereaved and injured family members and their wider family and friends. My thoughts are with all of them and will befor a long time to come.

I have nothing more to add to this and would hope that our community can now be left to deal with this tragedy in our own way and in peace and quiet."


"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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Man hailed a 'hero' for stopping Padstow speedboat

Devon waterskiing instructor Charlie Toogood has been hailed a hero after he leapt into a speedboat that lost control in Padstow, killed two family members and injuring four more.

Mr Toogood turned off the speedboat's engine and stopped it from causing further harm.

Waterskiing instructor Charlie Toogood

Nick Milligan, 51, and his eight-year-old daughter were killed in the accident. Four other members of his family were taken to hospital with two suffering "life-changing" injuries.


Nick Milligan was "an extremely loving father and husband"

The brother of the BSkyB executive Nick Milligan has given a statement on the tragedy. Max Milligan described his brother as "an extremely loving father and husband".

"Nick, or Nico as he was known to us, was an extremely loving father and husband. As children and teenagers we spent many summers and New Year's Eves at New Polzeath here in Cornwall and a few years ago he built his dream home above Daymer Bay. That he and my delightful niece died at their favourite place at the end of a gloriously sunny bank holiday weekend provides us with a tiny glimmer of light. I'd like to thank Devon and Cornwall Police and all the staff at Derriford Hospital who have been incredible over the last few days."

– Max Milligan, Nick's brother
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