Man questioned after person dies in luxury yacht crash

Police have questioned a 30-year-old man on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter after a man died when a luxury yacht and it’s RIB tender crashed in Osborne Bay off the Isle of Wight, England last week (June 19).

Ryan McKinlay was in a water-jet powered RIB when it collided with its mothership, the Fairline Targa 62 cruiser True Blue, in the Solent last Friday. McKinlay, who was a passenger in the tender according to Hampshire Police, was pulled from the sea and airlifted to hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Another person with suspected head injuries was brought ashore by a lifeboat and taken to hospital. Two other people were pulled from the water by a passing yacht and are believed to be unhurt.

A 30-year-old man from Southampton has now been questioned under caution by Hampshire police who have stressed that he "was not arrested".

“He is not on bail but may be interviewed pending ongoing enquiries," a police statement said. "Officers from Hampshire’s Constabulary’s Major Crime team are now leading the investigation into the death."

A post-mortem investigation to establish the cause of death was due to be carried out earlier this week but no results have been publicised.

Tributes have been paid to Ryan McKinlay on social media since his death. 

"Lost one of my closest friends yesterday, shocking & devastating, my thoughts are with Ryan's family, utter shock," wrote @darrenbox.

Louie Martin tweeted: "Ryan McKinlay... Absolute Gentleman. RIP."

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