A man in his 30s has been questioned by Police under caution on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter following last weeks’ fatal RIB incident off the coast of the Isle of Wight.
A criminal investigation led by the Hampshire Major Investigation Team has been launched into the circumstances surrounding the death of 36-year-old Ryan McKinlay, who died on Friday as a result of a collision between a RIB tender and a luxury motor cruiser – worth up to £1million – in the Osborne Bay area off East Cowes.
The unnamed man in his 30s voluntarily attended a Police station in Southampton yesterday (Monday) where he was questioned by detectives investigating the sudden death. Although the man has not been arrested or bailed, Police say he may be interviewed again pending ongoing enquiries.
A post-mortem to establish the cause of Mr McKinlay’s death is due to be carried out today. It is understood the father and husband suffered serious head injuries after impacting the steering wheel of the high-speed RIB, which is water-propelled.
As previously reported, lifeboat and Coastguard teams rushed to the incident before airlifting Mr McKinlay to St Mary’s Hospital, but despite the best efforts of medical teams he was pronounced dead later that evening.