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Boy dies in propellor tragedy

A teenage boy has died after he fell from a boat and was apparently hit by its propellor. The 14-year-old from Surrey died after the accident off The Needles landmark on the Isle of Wight yesterday.

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Police to name Isle of Wight boy after formal identification

Immediate next-of-kin of the 14-year-old boy who died after he fell from a boat in the Isle of Wight, have now been informed but police will not confirm his name until formal identification has been completed, police said.

An initial post-mortem examination will take place in the next few days.

Although the death is not being treated as suspicious, it is routine procedure for specialist detectives to make initial inquiries into the sudden death of someone aged under 18.

We are providing support for the other three people on board the boat to help ensure their welfare, and to establish the exact circumstances surrounding the death.

A second 14-year-old boy from Surrey received a serious injury, which was not life-threatening. He is receiving treatment at St Mary's Hospital on the Isle of Wight.

An adult man and a third 14-year-old boy from Surrey were not injured.

– Senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Floyd Higginson from Hampshire Police

The boy who died had been airlifted to Southampton General Hospital by a Coastguard rescue helicopter. For more information visit the ITV Meridian website.

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