Solent yachtsman dies in boom accident

Yacht rescue attempt Solent Coastguard received a mayday call from a yacht off Gurnard Ledge shortly before 13:00 BST

A crew member on board a yacht in the Solent has died after apparently being struck on the head by the vessel's boom.

Solent Coastguard received a mayday call from the yacht off Gurnard Ledge, shortly before 13:00 BST.

A paramedic was winched on board from the coastguard helicopter but the man was declared dead at the scene.

Police said it was not being treated as suspicious and the Marine Accident Investigation Branch had been informed.

The RNLI's Cowes Atlantic 85 lifeboat was also called to the incident.

An RNLI spokesman said the Southampton-based yacht had been on its way to Yarmouth but diverted to Cowes due to strong south-westerly winds at the time.

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