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Friday, 03 July 2015

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Sailor dies following industrial incident on board Barrow built ship

A SAILOR has died following an industrial incident on board the Royal Navy’s flagship, Barrow-built HMS Bulwark.

HMS Bulwark performs a gun salute as it leaves harbour near Southsea Common in Hampshire to mark the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day landings.

Police were alerted to the incident just before 11am today at the HMNB Devonport in Plymouth, Devon.

The accident – involving a lift shaft – is being investigated by the police, Royal Navy and the Health and Safety Executive.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokeswoman said: “We were called to HMNB Devonport at around 10.54am following a reported industrial accident on board HMS Bulwark.

“The crew member has reportedly sustained injuries having been stuck in a lift shaft. Both the ambulance and fire services were in attendance.”

The spokeswoman added: “Police can confirm that a man has died as a result of the incident.

“Police are investigating the death together with the Health and Safety Executive.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious.”

HMS Bulwark, which entered service in 2004, is one of the UK’s two newest amphibious transport docks designed to put personnel ashore by air and by sea.

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