14-year-old boy dies 
after sailing accident

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POLICE have confirmed that a 14-year-old boy died after an accident near the Isle of Wight.

Solent Coastguard, based in Lee-on-the-Solent, were called to the incident on board a rigid hull inflatable boat on Friday afternoon.

The privately-owned boat was travelling from Dorset to the Isle of Wight with four people from Surrey on board, including the boy and his father, and two other boys, both aged 14, who are school friends of the family.

The boy, aged 14 from Surrey, was pronounced dead at Southampton General Hospital after he fell into the water and was hit by a propeller. He had been airlifted from the boat by a Coastguard rescue helicopter.

Immediate next-of-kin have been informed, but police said they would not confirm the boy’s name until all formal identification procedures have been completed.

The death is not being treated as suspicious. An initial post-mortem examination is due to take place in the next few days. The coroner has been informed.