Pilot loses life during boarding accident at Humber
Rescue attempts were made by colleagues and Humber Coastguard, including a second pilot entering the water, with the pilot being airlifted to hospital, but later losing his life.
The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) is investigating the incident, which happened 2.5 miles (4km) east of Spurn Point.
Describing the incident, a source told the BBC that “as the pilot climbed the ladder, and at about half way, he lost his grip, falling backwards. It’s believed he banged his head, and then entered the water. The remaining pilots and deck crew from the pilot launch were able to maintain sight of the casualty and within a minute had the casualty in a ‘matesaver’ pole.”
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