Warning after latest CO death
FOLLOWING THE INQUEST into yet another death of a boater from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, the Boat Safety Scheme has again repeated its warnings on avoiding the dangers of ‘the silent killer’.
After 52-year-old Christopher Reuben was found dead on his Dawncraft cruiser near Adlington on the Macclesfield Canal in October 2015, the inquest in March concluded that he died accidentally from CO fumes from his boat’s outboard engine.
Boat Safety Scheme manager Graham Watts said that “prevention is the key to staying safe” and stressed that engines and appliances should be “properly installed, well maintained and used according to the instructions”. But he added that as a “belt and braces” approach, boaters should fit an approved CO alarm as well, and if it sounds they should open all doors, windows and hatches, get ashore immediately and anyone feeling giddy, sick or confused should “get very urgent medical treatment”.
More CO advice is available on boatsafetyscheme.org.