Singer dies af­ter freak door ac­ci­dent

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coat, the lot. I was wear­ing so many lay­ers I could hardly move around!

How­ever wretched the win­ters were, the fog was worse. It could be an ab­so­lute hor­ror to get through and was a fairly reg­u­lar oc­cur­rence in the months of April, May and June in and around the North Sea – hot air coming up from the Con­ti­nent would mix with cold air from the north, a first-class recipe for cre­at­ing fog.

Even with all the mod­ern nav­i­ga­tion sys­tems, a skip­per needs to see where he’s go­ing.

On one par­tic­u­lar trip, the fog was so thick that you could cut it up and package it. I was stand­ing up in the wheel­house and yet I couldn’t see the front of the boat.

It was a very eerie, dis­ori­en­tat­ing at­mos­phere, the sea quiet as an ice cap.

Steer­ing through that felt like driv­ing through a cloud 30 miles long.

I had a plot­ter that told me my po­si­tion and a com­pass to tell my head­ing, but if those failed, we’d be lost with no clear way of get­ting home.

I stepped out of the wheel­house. A dirty grey, wet, cold mist en­cir­cled the boat like a smoke ring, the fog ly­ing on the sur­face of the sea.

I couldn’t see any­thing in front of me, but when I looked above, I did a dou­ble-take. I saw a clear blue sky and, in­cred­i­bly, a shin­ing sun.

Ut­terly sur­real. I didn’t stay on the deck for long. In such im­pen­e­tra­ble fog, the only way I could avoid a fa­tal col­li­sion was to keep a con­stant eye on the radar.

But the radar was no guar­an­tee. Small boats are dif­fi­cult to pick up – a skip­per could eas­ily miss one. A SHANTY group singer has died af­ter be­ing crushed by a metal door mo­ments be­fore a gig.

Trevor Grills, the front­man in Fish­er­man’s Friend, is the sec­ond per­son to die as a re­sult of the freak ac­ci­dent, which also claimed the life of tour man­ager Paul McMullen.

The 54-year-old suf­fered se­ri­ous head in­juries when the huge door, which was part of a load­ing bay at the G Live the­atre in Guild­ford, Sur­rey, fell on top of him on Satur­day night.

Mr Grills was taken to St Ge­orge’s Hospi­tal in Toot­ing, south Lon­don, where he died on Mon­day, while Mr McMullen, from Dis­ley, Cheshire, was pro­nounced dead at the scene.

The 10-piece group, from Post Is­sac, Cornwall, had been due on stage that evening.

A state­ment from the group said: “Trevor was a much loved and val­ued friend.”

The Health and Safety Ex­ec­u­tive is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the deaths along with po­lice.

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