Tragedy at sea: Probe launched

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion is un­der way after a fish­er­man died off the coast of Scar­bor­ough.

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The tragic in­ci­dent took place on Mon­day af­ter­noon and the Ma­rine Ac­ci­dent In­ves­ti­ga­tion Branch has taken over the in­quiry.

North York­shire Po­lice was con­tacted by HM Coast­guard at 12.23pm on Mon­day after the RNLI were called to as­sist fishing boat En­ter­prise off the coast of Scar­bor­ough.

One of the crew from the boat – a man aged in his 40s from Scar­bor­ough – had gone over­board into the sea.

A North York­shire Po­lice

spokesman said: “He was res­cued from the wa­ter and re­ceived med­i­cal as­sis­tance at the scene be­fore be­ing flown to James Cook Univer­sity Hospi­tal in Mid­dles­brough, where he was pro­nounced dead.

“The Ma­rine Ac­ci­dent In­ves­ti­ga­tion Branch is lead­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion with sup­port from North York­shire Po­lice.

“We are not yet in a po­si­tion to name the man who died.”

Four RNLI lifeboats, in­clud­ing Scar­bor­ough and Whitby, took part in the op­er­a­tion after re­ports came in from a fishing ves­sel that a ca­su­alty was in the wa­ter a few miles north of Scar­bor­ough.

The Ma­rine Ac­ci­dent In­ves­ti­ga­tion Branch has con­firmed the ves­sel in­volved was the 8m ves­sel SH323 En­ter­prise. The man has been named lo­cally but po­lice have yet to con­firm his iden­tity.

Chris Townsend, man­ager of TG Wood Fish Prepa­ra­tion and Whole­sale who knew the de­ceased, said: “Ev­ery­one in the har­bour is in shock.

“He was good lad and ev­ery­one liked him.”

Any up­dates from the po­lice will be pub­lished on the Scar­bor­ough News web­site.

Po­lice in­ves­ti­gate fishing ves­sel En­ter­prise in Scar­bor­ough Har­bour

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