Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight boat fall boy dies from propeller injuries

The Needles
Image caption Rescue efforts took place between the coastguard helicopter and Yarmouth lifeboat off The Needles

A teenager who suffered serious injuries when he was hit by a boat's propeller off the Isle of Wight has died.

The 14-year-old was confirmed dead at Southampton General Hospital having been airlifted by a coastguard rescue helicopter.

He was one of two boys injured after falling into the sea from their boat near The Needles on Friday afternoon.

Four people from Surrey were on board at the time of the accident.

The boy, who is yet to be formally identified, was travelling from Dorset to the Isle of Wight with his father, aged in his 50s, and two other 14-year-old boys, who are school friends of the family.

Specialist detectives

His father is the owner and driver of the rigid hull inflatable boat.

The boy's death is not being treated as suspicious and police are preparing a file for the coroner.

An initial post-mortem examination is expected to be carried out in the next few days.

One of the other 14-year-old boys was seriously injured and is receiving treatment at St Mary's Hospital on the Isle of Wight.

Det Insp Floyd Higginson, from Hampshire Police, said: "Although the death is not being treated as suspicious, it is routine procedure for specialist detectives to make initial inquiries into the sudden death of someone aged under 18.

"We are providing support for the other three people on board the boat to help ensure their welfare, and to establish the exact circumstances surrounding the death."

The boat the group was using has been secured as evidence by Hampshire Police's Marine Unit.

The Solent Coastguard helicopter and the Yarmouth RNLI lifeboat were both involved in the rescue operation after a 999 call was received at 16:49 BST on Friday.

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