AN EIGHT-year-old boy has been airlifted to hospital from an Isle of Wight beach this afternoon (Saturday).
It is understood Ryde Inshore Rescue came to the boy's aid at Appley Beach, after getting into difficulty.
An Isle of Wight NHS Trust spokesman said: "An eight-year-old boy was airlifted from Ryde to St Mary's Hospital at around 6.15pm today."
At that stage the boy was said to be in an unstable condition.
*At 1.08am, an Isle of Wight NHS Trust spokesman said: "An eight-year old boy retrieved from the water off Ryde today is being transferred to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at University Hospitals Southampton.
"The PICU retrieval team arrived at St Mary’s Hospital, Newport, at 10pm to carry out an assessment prior to transfer.
"The boy is critical but stable.
"The Island's ambulance service was first alerted to a situation on Ryde beach at 5.50pm.
"Two vehicles; a 999 ambulance and a senior officer in a separate car, as is usual procedure for an incident of this type, were despatched from St Mary’s at 5.52pm.
"The first vehicle was on the scene at 6.04pm.
"As an acute general hospital providing services to a small island population of 138,000 it is usual procedure for cases requiring paediatric intensive care to be transferred off the Island once they are stable."