The MAIB has published an accident investigation report into the tragic deaths of a mother and daughter on board a small pleasure cruiser on Lake Windermere in April 2014.

The MAIB has published an accident investigation report into the tragic deaths of a mother and daughter on board a small pleasure cruiser on Lake Windermere in April 2014.

http://www.maib.gov.uk/publications/investigation_reports/2015/arniston.cfm

It is to be hoped that the likelihood of guests and crewmembers of large yachts being exposed to bodged generator exhaust modifications are few and far between and even where such risks may exist, that CO alarms are fitted and functioning. Highlighted here is a general mistrust of false alarms from CO detectors in the marine environment. The repots states ‘it is a common misconception…. that CO alarms are prone to ‘false alarms' and that they are therefore not suitable for use in the marine environment. The activation of a CO alarm is nearly always due to the presence of CO…' Given that exposure can be fatal, and that carbon monoxide has neither taste nor smell, any CO alarm activation should always be treated seriously and appropriate action taken.

For those on board Watkins' managed boats, please ensure that all crewmembers are given an opportunity to read this. Please confirm so in your next HESS meeting minutes. I can be contacted at any time if anyone has any questions. We would welcome any feedback of course, and would be pleased to circulate any comments. 

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