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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

RNLI pay tribute to Marchioness tragedy

The RNLI have among those remembering the Marchioness disaster, 25 years ago.

A service this afternoon will pay tribute to the 51 people who lost their lives in the tragedy.


The Marchioness disaster is one of the reasons we now offer our search & rescue service on the Thames


Fire brigade remembers those in Marchioness disaster

A service is being held to commemorate twenty five years after the tragedy on the Thames, where 51 people were killed.


We remember the 51 who lost their lives in the #Marchioness disaster and our firefighters who helped rescue people.



Tribute for those killed in 1989 Marchioness disaster

The names of 51 people killed in the Marchioness pleasureboat disaster will be read out at a service in Southwark Cathedral later. The tribute will mark 25 years since the tragedy. Shaun Lockwood-Croft from Aldershot in Hampshire was one of those who died.

The vessel sank after being hit by a dredger on the River Thames in 1989.

A tribute will take place at Southwark Cathedral Credit: ITV News

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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