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Speedboat Accident (Looe)

Volume 131: debated on Thursday 14 April 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will hold a public inquiry into the circumstances of the speedboat accident off Looe on Tuesday 5 April; and if he will make a statement on the alleged delay between the official notification of Her Majesty's coastguards, Brixham and the calling out of the Fowey lifeboat.

I learnt with regret of this accident in which two young men lost their lives. I have made arrangements for one of my Department's surveyors to investigate and report on the circumstances of the accident. I cannot comment further until I have received the report.