AN INVESTIGATION has been launched into the events surrounding an incident that led to a youngster being rescued from the water at Ryde on Saturday.
Police on the Isle of Wight have appealed for witnesses to the events leading up to the incident, which led to the eight year old needing to be airlifted to hospital.
A spokesman said: "Detectives are leading enquiries due to the boy’s critical condition in hospital in Southampton.
"Specialist family liaison officers remain in contact with the boy's immediate relatives to ensure they are supported at this difficult time."
DI Adam Price from Hampshire Constabulary added: "Firstly, we’d like to express our thanks to the Isle of Wight NHS Trust, particularly its Ambulance service and emergency department, HM Coastguard, Ryde Inshore Rescue and members of the public for their actions during the emergency and their assistance with our investigation so far.
"I am appealing for more witnesses, particularly any members of the public who took photos and videos on Appley beach between 1pm and 6pm on Saturday, June 21.
"There were Armed Forces Day celebrations taking place in Ryde, and a band was playing near the Appley beach café during these times.
"Therefore, we believe people would have taken pictures or videos that can help us with enquiries into exactly what happened to the boy. I am also interested in anyone who took pictures or videos of the band and surrounding area."
Police appealed for people to e-mail photos and videos to email@example.com
Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to contact police by phoning 101. Mini-com users can phone 18001 101.
For advice from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) about safety on the beach, see the guide below:
MCA Beach Safety Advice