Warn­ing af­ter lat­est CO death

Canal Boat - - News -

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.

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