Charlie Hutton's propeller death accidental
- 31 January 2013
- From the section Hampshire & Isle of Wight
A boy who died when he was hit by a boat propeller off the Isle of Wight was thrown overboard by a large wave.
Charlie Hutton, from South Croydon, died from multiple injuries to his pelvis and leg suffered off The Needles on 20 July.
His father told an inquest how the 14-year-old died in his arms after he became entangled in the propeller of a rigid hull inflatable boat.
Isle of Wight coroner Caroline Sumeray recorded a verdict of accidental death.
Charlie had been travelling on the boat driven by his father Simon with two friends, both aged 14 and from Reigate in Surrey, when the accident happened.
'Wall of water'
Mr Hutton said: "It was choppy, but nothing the boat couldn't handle.
"Two waves came from the side and then the water almost dropped away. It was like there was a big drop and then the wave came over us, it was like a big wall of water.
"I have never come across a wave like it, it engulfed the boat and kept going for a long time."
Mr Hutton said he believed his son and one of his friends, who had both been at the front of the boat, were washed off the back of the boat.
Moments later, he found Charlie on top of the propeller.
After cutting his clothing free from the propeller, he pulled Charlie back into the boat and performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
Charlie was airlifted by a Solent Coastguard helicopter to Southampton General Hospital but died later that day.
Recording her verdict, Ms Sumeray called on the leisure boating industry to promote propeller safety and awareness.