Skipper of speedboat that hit buoy killing 15-year-old girl and doing high-speed one-handed stunts – fr

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Skipper of speedboat that hit buoy killing 15-year-old girl and doing high-speed one-handed stunts – fr


The skipper of a speedboat that crashed into a buoy and killed a 15-year-old schoolgirl then performed one-handed, high-speed stunts, an accident report revealed today.

Emily Lewis of Park Gate, near Southampton, died of catastrophic chest injuries after the rigid inflatable boat struck a five-ton navigation buoy the skipper had failed to see within 10 seconds of it. had taken to locate it.

A report from the Directorate of Marine Accident Investigation (MAIB) released on Thursday said “few safety practices” were followed by the boat’s operators as it made a quick figure of eight turns and narrowly missed a series. buoys on the River Solent near Southampton Water.

Images showing the horrific moment the boat crashed into the massive buoy, which was visible 15 feet above the water, was first released today by MAIB.

Emily Lewis of Park Gate, near Southampton, died of catastrophic chest injuries after a rigid inflatable boat struck a heavy navigation buoy the skipper had not seen.

The report states that the ship’s 11 passengers got “used to passing near large high-speed navigation buoys,” so they were “not worried” that the boat was heading straight for the buoy on which it crashed.

All but one of the passengers sustained injuries including broken limbs, fractured vertebrae, dislocations and a punctured lung. Two were thrown overboard the Seadogz boat.

Emily, seated in a middle bench seat, suffered a fatal and catastrophic chest injury following the Southampton Water, Hampshire tragedy around 10 a.m. on August 22 last year, as families booked the excursion during the summer holidays.

The MAIB interim report said today that the skipper of Seadogz performed a series of one-handed ‘high speed maneuvers’ including eight up and down turns of Southampton Water before the 38.4 knot crash (44.2 mph).

Images showing the horrific moment the boat crashed into the massive buoy, which was visible 15 feet above the water, was first released today by MAIB.

A report from the Directorate of Marine Accident Investigation released today said `` few safety practices '' were followed by the boat's operators.

A report from the Directorate of Marine Accident Investigation released today said “few safety practices” were followed by the boat operators.

All but one of the passengers sustained injuries including broken limbs, fractured vertebrae, dislocations and a punctured lung.

All but one of the passengers sustained injuries including broken limbs, fractured vertebrae, dislocations and a punctured lung.

Damage to the Seadogz RIB as the boat was held above the water

Damage to the Seadogz RIB as the boat was held above the water

The underside of the chartered outboard was torn off and hangs under the main section of the boat

The underside of the chartered outboard was torn off and hangs under the main section of the boat

He said: “Seadogz collided with the North-West Netley buoy because the skipper of the rigid inflatable boat was concentrating on conducting high speed maneuvers close to another vessel and did not see the mark. fixed navigation in time to take avoidance measures. “

He added: “At 10:08 am Seadogz passed the Red Falcon car ferry, which was heading southeast on Southampton Water.

This gave the skipper the opportunity to cross Seadogz and jump over the wake of the ferry.

As Seadogz passed behind the Red Falcon for the fifth time, the Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) accelerated on a stable heading east for 10 seconds until at 1011:09 and speed at 38.4 knots (44.2 mph), it collided with the North-West Netley Starboard Hand Buoy.

The force of Seadogz’s frontal impact tipped the buoy into an almost horizontal position and threw the bow of the RIB upward.

Emily's family was on board the speedboat when it crashed, the teenager was conscious when she was taken ashore and later died in hospital from her injuries.

Emily’s family was on board the speedboat when it crashed, the teenager was conscious when she was taken ashore and later died in hospital from her injuries.

Emily's father Simon said the family were in shock and felt a 'deep sense of loss' after the tragedy

Emily’s father Simon said the family were in shock and felt a “deep sense of loss” after the tragedy

Sharing the tragic news on Facebook, Simon Lewis said: 'I have pain but no breaks but emotional pain far outweighs physical pain'

Sharing the tragic news on Facebook, Simon Lewis said: “I have pain but no breaks but the emotional pain far outweighs the physical pain”

“The impact and the sudden deceleration forces caused all passengers on board to be thrown violently forward from their seats. “

The report states that the anonymous skipper was “a highly skilled and experienced RIB pilot, he had local knowledge of Southampton Water and had worked for Seadogz Rib Charter Ltd on an ad hoc basis for over 8 years”.

The five-ton buoy was visible 4.6 meters (15 feet) above the waterline.

The report added: “So far the investigation has revealed, and it is worrying, that few safe work practices in the [Code of Practice] were followed on the day of the accident.

“Of particular note: during the trip, passengers got used to passing near large navigation buoys at high speed, so they weren’t concerned that the RIB was heading straight for the North-West buoy. Netley immediately before the collision and therefore did not. try to alert the skipper.

“The figure-of-eight turns at high speed increase the risk of the RIB snagging or spinning.

Emily, who was conscious when taken ashore, later died in hospital from her injuries

Emily, who was conscious when taken ashore, later died in hospital from her injuries

Emily Lewis, 15, died after a speedboat struck a buoy on the River Solent near Southampton Water

Emily Lewis, 15, died after a speedboat struck a buoy on the River Solent near Southampton Water

“The skipper was traveling alone, at high speed and did not see the navigation buoy, which was directly in front, for 10 seconds before impact.

“Crossing the ferry’s wake at high speed increased both the risk of passengers suffering spinal injuries and of the RIB coming close to a craft or object previously obscured by the ferry’s hull,” leaving little time for the skipper to react.

“The execution of the Seadogz Experience Ride, conducted on August 22, 2020, was not unusual for such operations. “

MAIB said it is urging all commercial rigid inflatable operators to review their safety guidelines and said it will produce a full investigation report in the future.

Southampton Harbor Master launches inspection of a buoy off Hythe, Hampshire, after twelve people were taken to hospital

Southampton Harbor Master launches inspection of a buoy off Hythe, Hampshire, after twelve people were taken to hospital

Graphic showing the location of Seadogz and the location of the buoy.  A report from the Maritime Accident Investigation Department (MAIB) said that `` few safety practices '' were followed by the boat operators.

Graphic showing the location of Seadogz and the location of the buoy. A report from the Directorate of Marine Accident Investigation (MAIB) said that “few safety practices” were followed by the boat operators.

Andrew Moll, Chief Marine Accident Inspector, said: “This tragic accident has many aspects and the MAIB investigation is ongoing.

“However, there are some immediate lessons that can be learned now that will help avoid a repeat this summer, which is why the MAIB is issuing an interim report.

“What is of concern is that few safe working practices in the voluntary CoP were followed on the day of the accident.

“These rides can provide excitement, entertainment and fun, and for this reason, they are popular.

“However, this terrible accident saw nine people suffer very serious injuries and tragically claimed the life of a young person.

“As the holiday season approaches, I would like to remind operators that they also have a duty of care to their passengers and that safety should not be compromised in the search for thrills. “

Emily was aboard the Seadogz speedboat with her mother Nikki, father Simon and older sister Amy, 19, who were all injured.

Emily tragically died at Southampton General Hospital later that day. An inquest into his death will be heard at Winchester Coroner’s Court, Hampshire.

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