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Parents' tribute to talented teenager

Charlie Hutton, 14, from Surrey Photo: Hampshire Police

The parents of a boy, killed when he fell overboard in a boating accident off the Isle of Wight, have paid tribute to their son and revealed his Olympic dreams.

Charlie Hutton, 14, from Surrey, was pronounced dead at Southampton General Hospital after falling from the rigid hull inflatable near The Needles on Friday.

The boat was travelling from Mudeford in Dorset to the Isle of Wight when Charlie and his friend fell into the water, getting tangled with the propeller.

The boat was being driven by Charlie’s father, Simon Hutton, 52.

The friend, also 14, was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital to receive treatment for an injury, which was serious but not life threatening.

Charlie’s parents, Simon and Gill Hutton said: “We are very sad to announce the death of our beautiful and very talented boy. Charlie, who loved the sea and water sports, was a schoolboy at Whitgift in South Croydon.

“His life touched many people and we know school friends will be devastated.

"Two of his closest friends were with him when he died and I hope they remember the great times and laughs we had with Charlie in his final few days in Dorset.

Charlie Hutton, 14, from Surrey Credit: Hampshire Police

“Charlie was academically bright, an accomplished musician and an amazing field hockey player who had trained with the England under-15 team and had hoped to reach the England under-16 team this year, with the ambition of eventually playing for Britain in the Olympics in 2020.

"His effort, passion and self-belief would surely have taken him there. With Ashley Jackson as his hero on the field, we hope that this same passion will help Great Britain win gold this year for Charlie and the country.

"Our thanks go to all those who helped Charlie achieve such an incredible amount.

"We would like to hold a private event for family and friends to celebrate Charlie's life in the autumn when his school returns from the summer holidays."