A pensioner died and two men were airlifted to hospital when their boat capsized off Scilly.

Margaret Yeatsand her husband William were on board the 16ft vessel with friend Brian Richards when it capsized between St Mary’s and St Agnes at about on Sunday.

They were picked up by a local boat but the woman was already dead, according to Falmouth Coastguards.

The couple, in their 70s, were believed to have been visiting Mr Richards, an Islander in his 80s,when theaccident happened.

William Yeats has been released from Treliske Hospital in Truro and Mr Richards is expected to be released tomorrow.

Ian Guy, watch officer at Falmouth Coastguard, said: “The winds had been reasonably light. The tides can have an effect as well as the wind. There weren’t strong weather warnings in force.”

He added that the RNLI lifeboat and an RNAS Culdrose helicopter helped with the rescue.