Probe launched after man dies in boating accident outside Portsmouth Harbour

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AN INVESTIGATION has been launched after a man fell from a boat while out sailing with friends in the Solent.

Patrick Beach, 33, was left with a life-threatening head injury after falling off a motor cruiser near to the entrance of Portsmouth Harbour.

According to initial reports, Mr Beach lost his footing when the boat hit a wave.

He then went underneath the boat and sustained a head injury.

His two friends jumped into the sea to help him before another boat came and dragged the trio out of the water.

A coastguard helicopter went to the scene at about 1.30pm on Sunday, July 3, and Mr Beach was winched up to the helicopter.

Portsmouth’s RNLI lifeboat was called out, but did not need to rescue any casualties from the water.

Mr Beach died in hospital several hours later, shortly after midnight.

Mr Beach lived in Staines, Surrey, and was a member of the travelling community.

He bought and sold cars and his family have said he was visiting the area with friends when the accident happened.

Police are now investigating and will prepare a report for the coroner with the help of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

The funeral of Mr Beach is set to take place this Friday in Surrey.