For all Motor/Power Boat Users at the Club.

There have been reports in 2013 where RHIB’s fitted with a kill cord have not been used resulting in fatal accidents.

These were caused by the kill cord not being 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 RHIB.


The kill cord serves only one purpose, to stop the engine when the driver moves away from the controls.

To ensure that accidents do not occur it is essential that all owners and operators of vessels fitted with kill cords:

• Test them regularly to ensure that the engine stops when the kill cord mechanism is operated.

• Make sure that the cord is in good condition.

• Always attach the cord securely to the driver, ideally before the engine is started, but certainly before the boat is put in gear.

• Stop the engine before transferring the kill cord to another driver.

Correct Kill Cord attachment to Body
Correct Kill Cord attachment to Body

Further information regarding the use of kill cords can be found at:

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