Probe into ferry death

AN investigation is ongoing into the death of a man onboard a ferry near Southend in the early hours of today.

AN investigation is ongoing into the death of a man onboard a ferry near Southend in the early hours of today.

Coastguards were alerted after an electrician who worked on the passenger ferry had been seriously injured at around 2am.

The 21,000-tonne vessel, called the Ark Forwarder, was travelling towards London along the Thames Estuary when the alleged accident happened.

Thames Coastguard liaised with a specialist medical team in Portsmouth and the ferry was advised to continue to Tilbury docks in London, where police and ambulance crews were waiting.

The 52-year-old Polish man was apparently unconscious and was given mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, but he was later pronounced dead after he had been brought ashore.

A spokesman for Thames Coastguard said: “It was decided the most expedient thing to do was for the vessel to get to Tilbury and have facilities waiting for them.”

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Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the man's death.

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