Monday 14 October 2019

Speedboat crash victims 'died at their favourite place'

Victoria Ward and Rosa Silverman

The family of a television executive killed with his eight-year-old daughter in a speedboat accident said the fact they died at their favourite place provided a "tiny glimmer of light".

Nick Milligan (51) and his youngest daughter, Emily, died when the boat they were riding in flipped over, throwing them into the Camel Estuary, near Padstow, Cornwall, and colliding with them as it spiralled out of control.

Mr Milligan's wife, Victoria (39), and their son, Kit (4), suffered "serious, potentially life-changing leg injuries", while the couple's other two daughters, Amber (12) and Olivia (10), escaped relatively unharmed.

Mr Milligan's brother, Max (46), fought back tears as he paid tribute to the managing director of Sky's advertising sales division, Sky Media, who died near the holiday home he once described as his "most treasured possession".

"Nick, or Nicko as he was known to us, was an extremely loving father, husband, son and brother who doted on his family," he said.

"As children and teenagers we spent many summers and new year's 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 glorious sunny bank holiday weekend provides us with a tiny glimmer of light."

The family, from Wandsworth, south-west London, had spent the weekend at their white detached holiday home in Trebetherick when the tragedy occurred on Sunday.

Numerous calls were made to the emergency services as horrified holiday-makers saw the six family members thrown into the estuary and the water turn "red with blood". The 26ft vessel, which was owned by the family, only stopped when Charlie Toogood, a local water skiing instructor, managed to hook a rope around its propeller to reduce its speed before leaping on board to bring it under control.

It was not known whether anyone on board operated a kill cord, which should immediately cut the engine if someone falls overboard. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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