The Port of London Authority (PLA) has confirmed that last night (Wednesday, 5 October 2016) at around 6.10 pm one of its pilots was involved in an accident while boarding a ship, Sunmi, in Gravesend Reach. PLA teams on duty, the emergency services and the RNLI did all they could subsequent to the accident, but tragically the pilot passed away.
PLA chief executive, Robin Mortimer, said:
“Our deepest condolences are with our colleagues’ family and friends at this very difficult time. We have been in touch with the family and are offering whatever support we can.”
The PLA has started an investigation into the accident. Marine accidents are also investigated by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch and they will be attending the PLA’s Gravesend base today.