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Photos have been released of the man who died while working on Eastbourne pier.
Stephen Penrice, aged 44, from Cumbria fell off the pier structure yesterday and was pronounced dead at the scene.
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."
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."
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 and Eastbourne Pier Action Committee have released the following joint statement following the death of the worker.
The owners of Eastbourne Pier have described the death as a 'terrible tragedy'.
A workman who fell to the beach while working on repairs to the fire-damaged Eastbourne Pier in East Sussex, has died from his injuries. His next-of-kin have been informed. Sussex Police and the Health & Safety Executive are investigating what happened.
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.