Yachtsman dies in Hurricane Bertha in UK

Hurricane Bertha claimed its first victim in Britain as a yachtsman was killed after being hit in the head by a boat's boom in near gale-force winds.

Coastguards, police and the RNLI scrambled to reach the injured crew member, who was onboard the yacht Remi, at Gurnard near Cowes shortly after 1pm on Monday.

Rescuers winched down onto the large yacht but the man was declared dead at the scene.

News of his death comes as the Met Office confirmed torrential rain brought by ex-Hurricane Bertha caused the wettest day of the year in the UK.

Huge rainfall totals and strong winds battered parts of Britain over the weekend, with severe conditions continuing in parts of Scotland.

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