16th February 2020
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Sudden death near Ocean Endeavour

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Police are investigating the sudden death of gas plant worker near the accommodation ship Ocean Endeavour in Lerwick last night.

The death of the man, aged 60, was unexplained, according to the police. There were not thought to be any suspicious circumstances at the time and a report was being sent to the procurator fiscal.

Chief inspector Eddie Graham confirmed that police and ambulance crew had attended thescene near Ocean Endeavour, which is berthed at the end of Victoria Pier, following a call to emergency services.

According to one eye-witness, three police cars, two ambulances and drug dogs all attended the scene.

The Ocean Endeavour houses mainly workers for Morrison Construction sub-contracted to Shetland Gas Plant builders Petrofac.

A Petrofac spokeswoman said the health and safety of its workforce, including its sub-contractors, was of paramount importance to the company.

“Our sympathies are with the deceased’s family and we will support our sub-contractor and the authorities in their investigation into this tragedy,” the spokeswoman said. Site workers at the gas plant side stood down today, she added.

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  1. Tony Kronos

    Where is all the locals comments regarding the death of this man and the fact that there is 2000 men on “rampage” throughout the town. No doubt we will see comments related to this death being tied in amongst the behaviour on the ferry of oil workers too.
    I would take a step a side and not defend my company but relate the fact if I was a local I would take a look at your own people who board this ferry and the anti-social behaviour which they approach, having witnessed this on first hand.
    No doubt the sun newspaper will jump on the band wagon again tomorrow regarding the behaviour of the “oil workers” (which are in fact building a “GAS PLANT”)
    Petrofac will once again be blamed for the whole scenario wereas as far as I’m concerned they have 11 subcontractor companies working on there behalf.

    Que the blame!!!!

  2. ian tinkle

    Please may I, on the behalf of all of us, extend our sympathy to the friends and family of this gentleman.

  3. Rachel Buchan

    Please don’t paint everybody who lives in Shetland with the same brush. Just as not all gas workers are the same, neither are we. Sincere condolences about the two recent losses of life.


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