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A police boat in the harbour at Padstow after Nick Milligan, 51, was killed in a speedboat accident which also left his eight-year-old daughter dead

A police boat in the harbour at Padstow after Nick Milligan, 51, was killed in a speedboat accident which also left his eight-year-old daughter dead

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Nick Milligan was killed in a speedboat accident which also left his eight-year-old daughter dead in Padstow

Nick Milligan was killed in a speedboat accident which also left his eight-year-old daughter dead in Padstow

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Saint Piran's Flag flies at half mast in the harbour at Padstow after Nick Milligan, 51, was killed in a speedboat accident which also left his eight-year-old daughter dead - and his wife, their four-year-old son, and two daughters, 12, and 10, seriously injured - in the Camel Estuary near Padstow, Cornwall

Saint Piran's Flag flies at half mast in the harbour at Padstow after Nick Milligan, 51, was killed in a speedboat accident which also left his eight-year-old daughter dead - and his wife, their four-year-old son, and two daughters, 12, and 10, seriously injured - in the Camel Estuary near Padstow, Cornwall

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Detective Superintendent Jim Colwell (left), Coastguard representative Matt Pavitt (right), and Max Milligan, the brother of Nick Milligan, 51, who was killed in a speedboat accident in the Camel Estuary near Padstow, Cornwall, during a press conference at Bodmin Police station

Detective Superintendent Jim Colwell (left), Coastguard representative Matt Pavitt (right), and Max Milligan, the brother of Nick Milligan, 51, who was killed in a speedboat accident in the Camel Estuary near Padstow, Cornwall, during a press conference at Bodmin Police station

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Detective Superintendent Jim Colwell during a press conference at Bodmin Police station after Nick Milligan, 51, was killed in a speedboat accident in the Camel Estuary near Padstow, Cornwall

Detective Superintendent Jim Colwell during a press conference at Bodmin Police station after Nick Milligan, 51, was killed in a speedboat accident in the Camel Estuary near Padstow, Cornwall

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A police boat in the harbour at Padstow after Nick Milligan, 51, was killed in a speedboat accident which also left his eight-year-old daughter dead

A water skiing instructor who jumped into a runaway speedboat and saved the lives of three children and their mother has spoken about the horror incident for the first time.

Charlie Toogood (32) leapt from his own boat into the craft to turn off its engine and prevent further harm during the tragedy near Padstow, Cornwall, on Sunday.

Nick Milligan (51), the managing director of Sky's advertising sales division, Sky Media, was declared dead at the scene with his daughter, Emily.

His wife, Victoria (39) and the couple's other children, Amber (12), Olivia (10), and Kit (4) were also injured by the speedboat as it circled at high speed.

The family, from Wandsworth, south-west London, were on holiday in the coastal town when they were thrown from the boat which went “out of control” and struck them.

Yesterday, Mr Toogood, who volunteered with the RNLI at Rock lifeboat station for eight years until two years ago, said there were “many heroes” at the incident.

In a statement released through the RNLI, he said: “There were many ‘heroes' in this tragic incident, all of whom did a remarkable job in difficult circumstances.

“However, now is a time solely to reflect on the bereaved and injured family members and their wider family and friends.

“My thoughts are with all of them and will be for a long time to come. I have nothing more to add to this.”

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