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LIFEBOAT volunteers and the coastguard helicopter rescued four people from the sea off the Isle of Wight.

Solent Coastguard received a call at 4.49pm yesterday, stating a man and people on a rigid hull inflatable boat (rhib) were in trouble off The Needles.

A coastguard helicopter and a lifeboat from Yarmouth RNLI was sent.

Tony Wheeler, watch manager at Solent Coastguard, said: ‘We understand two of the four people on board the rhib fell into the water and have sustained injuries from the propeller.’

A boy, thought to be under 16 years of age, was airlifted and taken to Southampton General Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

A 14-year-old boy was taken to St Mary’s Hospital, Isle of Wight, with serious injuries via ambulance.

A man and a 14-year-old boy did were not hurt.