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The Solent is the strait that separates the Isle of Wight from the mainland of England. It is about 20 miles long and varies in width between 2 1⁄2 and 5 mi, although the Hurst Spit which projects 1 1⁄2 mi (2.4 km) into the Solent narrows the sea crossing between Hurst Castle and Colwell Bay to just over 1 mi (1.6 km).
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Ex-paratrooper attempts record jump from helicopter without parachuteJohn Bream jumped out of a helicopter at 130ft and hit the water in The Solent at about 80mph.
Girl, 15, died of 'abdominal injury' in Solent boat crashEmily Lewis was one of 12 people taken to hospital after a boat collided with a buoy.
Southampton boat crash: Four people seriously injuredFour people require "urgent medical care" when a rigid inflatable boat crashes in the Solent.
Portsmouth-Fishbourne hybrid ferry breaks down in SolentA fault in the hybrid ferry's propulsion system leaves 145 passengers stuck in the Solent.
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