A teenage boy has died after he fell from a boat being driven by his father and was apparently hit by its propeller, police said today.
The 14-year-old from Surrey, who has not been named, was with two school friends and his father aboard the rigid inflatable speedboat when two of the passengers suddenly fell overboard.
The drama happened a few hundred yards off The Needles on the Isle of Wight as they made their way across the water from Dorset.
Landmark: Coastguards said a teenage boy suffered life-threatening injuries when he was hit with a propeller after falling from a boat near The Needles on the Isle of Wight
The boy was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital on the mainland, where he later died.
The other boy, also aged 14, suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries, a coastguard spokeswoman said.
He is being treated at St Mary's Hospital in Newport on the island.
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident, which happened at about 4.50pm on Friday afternoon.