A YACHTSMAN, pulled from the water at Osborne Bay earlier today, has died.

Emergency services were called after a man in his 60s was thrown into the water and dragged along by an RS Elite class yacht.

A witnesses said the man had been crewing the yacht before ending up in the water.

He was picked up by a RIB and brought to Trinity Landing.

The police said the man was taken to St Mary's Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. His next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.

His death is not being treated as suspicious and investigations are ongoing.

A Lendy Cowes Week spokesperson said: "The team at Lendy Cowes Week are extremely sad to confirm the death of one of our competitors while racing here today (Friday, August 10 August).

"The casualty was quickly transferred to shore by an event safety boat.

"Medical assistance was waiting on shore and the casualty was then taken by ambulance to St Mary’s Hospital, Newport, where he was pronounced dead.

"Next of kin have been informed.

"The team at Lendy Cowes Week are deeply saddened by this news and our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time."