Cumbrian man dies after fall from Sussex pier

A man from Cumbria, who was working on a fire damaged pier in Sussex, has died after a fall. The 44-year-old fell from Eastbourne Pier on to the beach yesterday. He suffered serious head injuries and died at the scene.

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Cumbrian man dies after falling from Sussex pier

A man from west Cumbria has fallen to his death from an historic pier in Sussex.

Stephen Penrice, who was 44 and from Maryport, died while working on the fire-damaged Eastbourne pier.

A well-known figure in Maryport, and in rugby circles in west Cumbria, devastated friends have been remembering a man who always had a smile on his face.

Our Correspondent Hannah McNulty has the story.

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"It's knocked everybody sidewards"

Friends Stephen Penriceis, the worker who died after falling from Eastbourne Pier, have been paying their respects to him.

The 44-year-old, from Maryport, died yesterday, Tuesday 19 August.

In his spare time he played for Netherhall RUFC.

Colin Martin and John Shummings spoke to ITV Border earlier this afternoon:

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Eastbourne MP says pier death is 'devastating'

Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd said Mr Penrice's death was "devastating" and he would be talking to the pier worker's family and colleagues to pass on the condolences of the town.

The Liberal Democrat said: "This is desperately sad news and I know I speak for the whole town when I say the thoughts of everyone from Eastbourne and beyond are with his family and friends. Words are often inadequate at being able to capture such awful events."

He added: "I am aware that Mr Penrice had worked on our pier for around seven years as part of the constant remedial work that the pier owners, Cuerden Leisure, carry out on all the piers they own across the UK. This means he knew Eastbourne well.

"I am sure the many friends he had locally are utterly distraught over the appalling accident. I will be meeting his work colleagues as soon as humanly possible to express the town's sorrow at the death of their friend."

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Netherhall RUFC: 'Stephen always had a smile on his face'

Netherhall RUFC in Maryport have paid tribute to Stephen Penrice, who had played rugby since he was a young boy and used to be Captain of the under-18s side.

The 44-year-old died in a fall while working on Eastbourne Pier.

"Stephen never had a bad word to say about anyone and always had a smile on his face - the biggest smile you've ever seen."

– John Shimmings, Netherhall RUFC Chairman

Cumbrian pier worker named

The Cumbrian pier worker who died after falling from Eastbourne Pier has been named.

44-year-old Stephen Penriceis is from Sandylonning, Netherton.

Emergency services were called shortly after 4pm on Tuesday, 19 August, to reports that a man had fallen from the pier

Mr Penriceis suffered serious head injuries and died at the scene.

Sussex Police will be joined by colleagues from the Health and Safety Executive to investigate the incident.

Pier death man from Maryport

Police in Sussex have confirmed that the workman who died after falling from a fire-damaged pier in Sussex is from Maryport.

The family of the 44-year-old man have been told of his death.

The man died of head injuries after the incident on Eastbourne Pier which happened at 4pm yesterday afternoon.

Health and safety officers are investigating along with Sussex Police.

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