Tributes pour in for a father and daughter who died after being struck by a RIB

Police

are investigating the deaths of a father and his daughter following a tragic

speedboat accident in Cornwall.

Nick Milligan, aged 51, and his eight-year-old daughter Emily died

after being hit by their rigid inflatable boat (RIB) on the Camel Estuary near

Padstow on Sunday.

Coastguards

were alerted that six people had been thrown from their speedboat and it was

traveling in circles ‘out of control.’

Police

were called to the incident at 3.50pm and said the incident involved a family from the

Wandsworth area of London who were on holiday in Cornwall.

Four other family members struck by the boat were airlifted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

Police said Mr Milligan’s 39-year-old wife Victoria and their

four-year-old son Kit remain in hospital with ‘serious, potentially

life-changing injuries’, while their two other daughters Amber, 12, and

Olivia, 10, suffered minor injuries in the accident.

The

privately owned boat has

been recovered and taken to police premises for examination.

The

police helicopter attended as well as paramedics, two search and rescue

helicopters from RNAS Culdrose and RNB Chivenor, RNLI lifeboats from Rock and

Padstow and three coastguard rescue teams from Newquay, St Merryn and Polzeath.

Mr

Milligan’s brother Max has paid tribute to him, saying: ‘Nick, or Nicko as he was

known to us, was an extremely loving father and husband, son and brother who

doted on his family.


‘As

children and teenagers we spent many summers and New Years’ Eves at New Polzeath

here in Cornwall, and a few years ago he built his dream house above Daymer

Bay.

‘That

he and my delightful niece died in their favourite place at the end of a

gloriously sunny bank holiday weekend provides us with a tiny glimmer of light.

‘I

would like to thank Devon and Cornwall Police and all the staff at Derriford

Hospital who have been incredible.’

Police

are investigating the incident on behalf of the HM Coroner. It is a joint

investigation with the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB). Police and

the MAIB are also being assisted by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

An

MCA spokesman said Falmouth Coastguard was first contacted

at 3.48pm on Sunday May 5 and it was reported that ‘six people had been thrown

from a speedboat approximately

half a mile off Padstow in the Camel Estuary.’

The spokesman said: ‘It was reported by members of

the public that the boat was out of control and had struck a number of those in

the water.

‘The RNLI lifeboats from Rock and Padstow along with

the search and rescue helicopters from RNAS Culdrose and RMB Chivenor were sent

to the scene.

‘St. Merryn, Newquay and Polzeath Coastguard Rescue

Teams have also been involved.

‘We do not believe at this time any other vessels,

kayaks or people were involved in this incident, other than those that had

fallen from the speedboat.’

Police and coastguards have praised bravery of a local waterskiing instructor, Charlie Toogood, and other local people to rescue the family.

Mr Toogood, from Camel Ski School, leapt on to the runaway

speedboat and brought it under control after going alongside in another

vessel.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police on 101

quoting log 603 of 05/05/13.

(Picture: a still from a video shot by a witness which shows the moment the speedboat was brought under control)