Workman dies after falling from Eastbourne Pier

A workman who was assisting on the repair of Eastbourne Pier has died himself after falling off the Sussex structure.

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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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Rugby club pay tribute to pier worker

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.

Chairman John Shimmings said "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."

Worker who died after falling off pier is named

The man who fell while working on Eastbourne Pier on Tuesday afternoon has been named as Stephen Penrice.

44-year-old Stephen Penrice is from Sandylonning in Netherton, Cumbria.

Emergency services were called after 4pm to reports that a man had fallen from the pier, however Stephen was sadly declared dead at the scene.

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

Eastbourne council 'shocked and saddened' by death

Eastbourne council and Eastbourne Pier Action Committee have released the following joint statement following the death of the worker.

The air ambulance at the pier yesterday Credit: Courtesy of Eastbourne Herald

We are shocked and saddened by the death of a contractor on Eastbourne Pier yesterday (Tuesday August 19). Our thoughts are with his family and friends back in Cumbria, and his work colleagues, at this enormously difficult time.

“We are seeking contact details for the man's next of kin and we will be sending our condolences to them.

“The Health and Safety Executive and the police will be on the pier today (Wednesday). Once their investigations have been completed, the pier contractors will be allowed back on site to continue with crucial work to make the pier safe and rebuild it.”

– Eastbourne Council and Eastbourne Pier Action Committee

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Workman suffers head injury after falling off Eastbourne pier

The workman fell off the structure as he was working in Eastbourne Credit: Courtesy of Eastbourne Herald

Police were called to Eastbourne Pier around 4.10pm to a man who had fallen onto the beach.

Ambulance was called and the man was being treated for a serious head injury and he was flown to hospital in a life threatening condition.

The Health and Safety Executive has been informed as the man was working on the pier.

Emergency services gather after a workman suffered a head injury on the pier Credit: Courtesy of Eastbourne Herald
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