Emergency services were called to Castlehaven Lane in the Undercliff area of Niton shortly before 14:30, as previously reported by Island Echo. The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance responded to the scene alongside resources from the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service and Police.
It has now been confirmed that a 42-year-old man has died as a result of an incident in amongst woodland, which resulted in serious injuries being sustained. The tragedy occurred whilst tree surgery works were taking place on private land.
Despite the best efforts all involved, the man’s life could not be saved. He was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at St Mary’s Hospital.
Police have kept a scene guard in place overnight as investigations into the incident take place.
A 42-year-old man from Niton has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by gross negligence. He has been questioned and released from custody, but remains under investigation.
A spokesperson for Hampshire Constabulary has told Island Echo:
“We were called at 2.22pm on Monday 20 January to assist the ambulance service following reports that a 42-year-old man needed medical assistance in Castlehaven Lane, Niton.
“It is believed the man was assisting with tree surgery work when he suffered a serious injury.
“He was taken to St Mary’s Hospital however he was pronounced dead a short while later. His next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.
“As part of our enquiries, we arrested a 42-year-old man from Niton on suspicion of manslaughter by gross negligence. He has been released from custody but remains under investigation”.
The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance remained on the ground in Niton until first light this morning due to a broken door hinge. Read more on this at https://www.islandecho.co.uk/air-ambulance-out-of-action-after-apparent-breakdown-at-niton/.