As previously reported by Island Echo, Mr McKinlay was airlifted to St Mary’s Hospital in Newport by Coastguard helicopter following a serious incident in Osborne Bay on Friday afternoon. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of medical teams, the 36-year-old succumbed to his injuries and died in hospital that evening.
The married father from nearby Gosport was travelling on a water-propelled RIB tender when it collided with the luxury motor cruiser ‘True Blue’. It is believed Ryan McKinlay heavily impacted the steering wheel of the small craft, causing it to bend and ultimately leading to serious head injuries.
It has been confirmed that the RIB tender belonged to the motor cruiser True Blue, which is understood to be worth up to £1million. Details of its owners or who was on the boat at the time of the incident are yet to be confirmed.
The RIB in which Mr McKinlay suffered his fatal injuries was towed to Cowes Yacht Haven by lifeboat shortly after the incident and was removed on a flat-bed lorry by Police. True Blue, a Targa 62GT boat, was escorted into Cowes by Hampshire Constabulary’s Marine Unit launch Preventer.
All immediate next-of-kin have been informed. A post-mortem examination to help establish the cause of death will take place in due course.
Officers would like to thank all partner agencies and members of the public for their ongoing co-operation and assistance with police enquiries so far
Anyone with information or who saw the collision in Osborne Bay between 16:45 and 17:00 on Friday are asked to contact Hampshire Constabulary by calling 101.