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Boat probe reveals how Sky chief died

By Rod Minchin

A senior TV executive and his young daughter were killed by their out-of-control speedboat after he took the steering from his wife, investigators found.

Nick Milligan (51), the managing director of Sky's advertising sales division, Sky Media, died alongside eight-year-old Emily in the incident at Padstow, Cornwall, on May 5 last year.

An investigation by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch found that Mr Milligan's wife, Victoria, was at the helm of 'Milly' but was not attached to the boat's kill cord – a safety device designed to cut power in an emergency.

The report said that when Mrs Milligan turned the boat, Mr Milligan reached across and took control of the helm with his right hand and grasped the throttle with his left to execute a higher-powered turn.

Mr and Mrs Milligan and their four children were thrown into the water. Because the kill cord was not attached, the engine did not cut out and the boat circled out of control hitting the Milligan family.

Mrs Milligan and their other three children were injured, but Mr Milligan and Emily died.

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