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US Boaters Reminded of New Kill Cord Law After Man Thrown From Runaway Boat in Miami

18th April 2021
The dinghy was spinning in circles when emergency responders arrived at the scene off Miami, Florida on Monday 12 April The dinghy was spinning in circles when emergency responders arrived at the scene off Miami, Florida on Monday 12 April

Marine Industry News reports on an incident in Florida recently where a man was thrown overboard from his motorised dinghy which then went out of control.

According to the Miami Herald, the incident last Monday (12 April) at Fisherman’s Channel off Miami saw the boat “spun furiously in circles, like an angry hornet doing donuts in the water” after its pilot was flung from the vessel and subsequently rescued by another boater.

Emergency responders managed to bring the runaway dinghy under control by tangling the prop of its outboard motor.

The incident comes less than three weeks after new legislation mandating the use of kill cords and engine cut-off switches on recreational vessels came into force in the United States, as previously reported on

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