A man aged in his 60s, pulled from the water off East Cowes earlier today (Friday), has died.
According to the Isle of Wight NHS Trust, a number of people tried to help him after an incident in Osborne Bay.
In a statement it said:
“Despite the best efforts by crew, the RNLI, a medically qualified person nearby, the ambulance service and the Emergency department, the individual could not be saved.”
Hampshire Constabulary said:
“His next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.
“At this stage the death is not being treated as suspicious. Investigations are ongoing.”
As Isle of Wight Radio reported earlier, HM Coastguard and the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service were called to reports of a person in the water just after 11.40am.
*Updated 4.50 pm
Cowes Week Limited has released the following statement:
“The team at Lendy Cowes Week are extremely sad to confirm the death of one of our competitors while racing here today (Friday 10th August).
“The casualty was quickly transferred to shore by an event safety boat. Medical assistance was waiting on shore and the casualty was then taken by ambulance to St Mary’s Hospital, Newport, where he was pronounced dead. Next of kin have been informed.
“The team at Lendy Cowes Week are deeply saddened by this news and our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.”