POLICE were called to Cowes following a fatality on board a yacht off the Isle of Wight this afternoon (Monday).
A spokesman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said: "A fatality occurred aboard a yacht in the Solent earlier today after a crew member was apparently struck on the head by the vessel's boom.
"Solent Coastguard received the Mayday call at 12.55pm.
"The police launch, Commander, the Cowes RNLI inshore lifeboat and the Solent search and rescue helicopter R104 were in attendance.
"The helicopter's winchman was lowered aboard and the casualty was declared deceased on the vessel by the SAR Paramedic.
"The casualty remained on the yacht to be taken to Trinity Landing at Cowes, where the vessel was received by a Coastguard rescue team and Hampshire Police.
"The Marine Accident Investigation Branch has been informed."
A Cowes RNLI spokesman said: "The alert was sparked by a ketch radioing Solent Coastguard shortly after 1pm, that a person had been seriously injured."
Lifeboat launch authority Harry Leslie said: "Irrespective of the outcome, this was a good example of emergency services working in a joined up fashion to deal with a most unfortunate incident.
"It shows the value of joint training carried out in the Solent by all these rescue incidents."
*A police spokesman said the incident had occurred near Gurnard Ledge on board a private boat.
A man had suffered head injuries and died at the scene, according to the spokesman, who said the death was not being treated as suspicious and the coroner had been informed.
Pictures courtesy of the Water's Edge Restaurant in Gurnard.