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Hampshire Constabulary- RHIB collision Southampton

Hampshire Constabulary are appealing for information and video footage following a fatal collision between a Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat and a buoy in Southampton Water.

Details of Incident

The incident took place at around 10.10am Saturday 22 August in Southampton Water between Netley Abbey and Hythe Pier.


Twelve people who were on board were taken to hospital. Sadly, one of the passengers, a 15-year-old girl was pronounced dead in hospital.


The girl’s next of kin are being supported by specialist officers from Hampshire Constabulary.


All of the other passengers received hospital treatment - some for serious injuries.


Our investigation, alongside the Maritime Coastguard Agency and the Marine Accident Investigation Branch, continues and we are asking people to submit any footage they have of the incident to us.


Detective Superintendent Neil Corrigan said: “This was a tragic incident, and our thoughts remain with the young girl’s family at this difficult time.


“We are now building a picture of what happened on the water that day, and the circumstances leading up to this collision.


“It is important that we gather as much visual evidence as we can, as well as accounts from any witnesses.


“We know that there was a ferry heading towards East Cowes, Isle of Wight, which left Southampton at 10am. Were you on this ferry, and did you see or record any of this incident?


“Equally, were you out on the water on Saturday the 22nd of August between 9.30am and 10.30am, in Southampton Water between Netley Abbey and Hythe Pier?”

Contact Information

If you would prefer to speak to someone, please call 101 and ask for Hampshire Constabulary, quoting reference 44200322294 or Operation Orange.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their online anonymous form at  No personal details are taken, calls cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.