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imageThe death of a keen and experienced sailor has been ruled accidental after a boom swung round and struck the 30-year-old in the head whilst out at sea back in August.

Craig Platt, 30, died back on 11th August after the boom of a yacht he was sailing swung around and struck him, causing severe head trauma.

Emergency services were alerted to the incident off the Island’s coastline, prompting Cowes RNLI lifeboat to launch at the request of Solent Coastguard. The Coastguard Rescue Helicopter from Lee-on-Solent was also scrambled to the area, where a winchman was lowered onto the large yacht before declaring the sailor deceased.

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The Marine Accident Investigation Branch have investigated the incident, with the Isle of Wight’s Coroner, Caroline Summary, concluding the death to be accidental.

Praise for the professional way the rescue services handled the incident was voiced at the time of the incident by Cowes RNLI lifeboat launch authority, Harry Leslie, who 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 units.”

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