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Windsurfer dies after sea alert

A windsurfer has died after apparently getting into difficulties in the water.

The Coastguard was alerted after the occupants of a dinghy spotted windsurfing gear in the water off Langstone Harbour, near Portsmouth, Hampshire, at about 12.15pm yesterday.

A man, aged in his 50s, was found floating face down in the water near Hayling Island. He was brought back to shore before being flown by the Coastguard to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A Coastguard spokesman said: "The Coastguard was contacted by a dinghy that had spotted some windsurfing gear in the water and located a man face down. They pulled him on board and took him straight back to shore.

"The Hayling Island Coastguard Rescue Team, the Coastguard helicopter from Lee-on-Solent, three RNLI lifeboats - one from Portsmouth and the two from Hayling Island - were sent to the scene, along with police and ambulance crews.

"The man was then flown by the Coastguard helicopter to the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth, where he was sadly pronounced deceased."

Hampshire police say they are in the process of notifying his next of kin and said his death was not being treated as suspicious.

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