Man dies in boat accident off Isle of Wight

Victim hit by motorboat near £450,000 luxury yacht

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Man dies in boat accident off Isle of Wight

A man has died after being hit by a motorboat near a £450,000 luxury yacht off the Isle of Wight.

The victim was rescued by Cowes RNLI from Osborne Bay at 5pm on Friday after firstly being knocked unconscious.

He was airlifted to St Mary's Hospital on the Isle of Wight, but has now died of his injuries.

Three other people were also rescued from the water.

The BBC reports that the inflatable RIB was the tender for the larger motorboat, which has been named locally as True Blue.

In a statement at the time of the rescue, Cowes RNLI said: "A report from a luxury motor-yacht of an unconscious man led to the launching of Cowes RNLI lifeboat shortly after 5 pm today (Friday 19 June).

"The motor-yacht had raised the alarm with Solent Coastguards while in Osborne Bay.

"Also to the scene raced the Cowes Harbour launch, HM1, Gosport lifeboat, the coastguard helicopter from Lee on Solent and another yacht, Cinnibar, whose crew subsequently plucked some people from the water.

"A seriously injured young man was eventually airlifted to St Mary's Hospital, Newport. Another person was taken by ambulance to the hospital after being landed at Cowes by Gosport lifeboat.

"It is believed that there were originally a dozen or so people on the motor-yacht. After the incident the majority were taken ashore by the Cowes and Gosport lifeboats and HM1. Cowes lifeboat also towed into Cowes a water-jet powered RIB from the scene. Later the remaining few people left on the motor-yacht brought the vessel into Cowes, escorted by a police launch.

"Some of the motor-yacht's occupants were taken to the lifeboat station to help recover from the incident, although several then decided to travel on to the hospital."

A Hampshire Police spokesman told the Daily Mail: "We can confirm a man was pronounced dead after an incident on board a boat off the coast of the Isle of Wight."

The spokesman added there did not appear to be any suspicious circumstances, and no arrests had been made.


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