Broads deaths con­firmed as CO

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A COU­PLE AND their dog, whose bod­ies were found by po­lice on a boat on the Nor­folk Broads (see July) had, as sus­pected, been killed by car­bon monox­ide (CO) poi­son­ing.

At the ini­tial in­quest hear­ing it was con­firmed that the ‘si­lent killer’ had been re­spon­si­ble for the deaths. Although the source of the CO has yet to be iden­ti­fied (it can come from en­gines, gen­er­a­tors, bar­be­cues or any other fuel-burn­ing ap­pli­ance), the Boat Safety Scheme has re­sponded by re-is­su­ing its CO safety ad­vice, which in­cludes: All en­gines and ap­pli­ances should be in­stalled, main­tained and used in line with mak­ers’ in­struc­tions. Gen­er­a­tors should not be run near cab­ins. Ven­ti­la­tion should never be blocked. Boaters should be fa­mil­iar with the symp­toms of poi­son­ing and how to re­act. CO alarms should be in­stalled and tested of­ten.

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