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Heartfelt tributes after fatal incident at Cornish harbour

Heartfelt tributes after fatal incident at Cornish harbour

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 2:26pm 18th November 2019.

Photo: Chris Oates

Heartfelt tributes have been made after a young man died in an incident at a Cornish harbour.

Emergency services were called to reports of an industrial incident on board a vessel at Newlyn.

The Coastguard, paramedics and firefighters were also scrambled just after 4pm on Friday afternoon.

Tragically a man died at the scene, and his family have been told.

A charity auction in the town was due to take place on Saturday night, but was postponed out of respect.

"As a mark of respect due to the recent tragic losses in Newlyn tonight's charity auction has been postponed. 

"Sending our thoughts and deepest condolences to all the families."

Newlyn Harbour Lights

The Penlee Lifeboat called it a "very sad day for Newlyn" has also revealed how the crew collected the young man's dad from his boat at sea and brought him back home to his family.

The crew steamed out across Mount's Bay on Friday night to fetch the trawler skipper.

"During the afternoon Newlyn was rocked by the news that a local young man lost his life in a tragic accident working on board a fishing vessel in the harbour, despite the very best of efforts of our amazing emergency services.

"At 9.40pm, with the Newlyn Harbour Master Rob Parsons on board, the 'Ivan Ellen' launched again. 

"The lifeboat steamed out across Mount's Bay and met up with a Newlyn beam trawler five miles SE of Newlyn... under very sad circumstances its skipper was transferred to the lifeboat and taken home to his family.

"All the Penlee team would like to take this opportunity to pass on our sincere and heartfelt condolences to family and friends."

Penlee Lifeboat

Incident at Newlyn Harbour
Credit: Darren Strick

People have been sharing their condolences after the fatal incident "rocked" the local community.

One person posted on Twitter: "Such a tragedy. My condolences to his family and friends on your terrible loss. I was down in the harbour when the fire engines raced in, had no idea it would be something so heart breaking."

Another wrote: "Sincere condolences to the family at this terrible time. A huge thank you to all the emergency services involved and especially to the lads on the life boat for bringing his father back to his family, a difficult trip I am sure."

And someone else commented: "Such a tragedy, thinking of everyone involved, especially the close-knit fishing community of Newlyn. Glad to see you are back to being fully operational, your hard work and dedication is beyond measure."

Nigel Taylor is a former skipper from Newlyn. He told Pirate FM it will hit the community hard.

"The fishing community is a really tight-knit community, it will have really shaken them to the core to be honest.

"I think the atmosphere will be very sad, it's never good to lose one of your own.

"I think it reinforces that the fishing industry is one of the toughest jobs and most dangerous jobs in the world, when incidents like this happen it just reinforces that these people go through a lot just to put fish on the table."

Nigel Taylor, former Newlyn skipper

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