Nicholas Milligan, senior executive with BSkyB, managing director for Sky Media, and Channel 5 founder, was killed in a speedboat accident in Cornwall on Sunday afternoon. The 51-year-old and his 8-year-old daughter were killed while four other members of the family were injured. It is believed the family were struck by the boat’s propeller after they lost control and all six were thrown from the vessel, which apparently circled and hit them.
Police have not named the daughter who died, but she is believed to be called Emily.
The survivors were taken to Derriford hospital in Plymouth, they are 39-year-old wife Victoria, a four-year-old boy and two girls aged 10 and 12. Milligan’s wife and four-year-old son Kit have suffered “serious leg injuries” which have been described as “life changing”. The two other daughters, Amber and Olivia, were described as “walking wounded” with minor injuries.
The family, from London, had been on holiday in Cornwall over the Bank Holiday weekend, according to police and were enjoying a trip on the eight meter-long speedboat in the Camel Estuary near Padstow when the accident happened.
Nicholas Milligan’s wife is Victoria Milligan. The couple got married on October 23, 1999. They lived in Wandsworth, south-west London.
Victoria Milligan attended Birkenhead High School and later she studied at Reading University.