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UPDATE: Tragic Port of London Authority pilot who died in accident at Gravesend Reach named as Gordon Coates

PUBLISHED: 14:09 10 October 2016 | UPDATED: 14:09 10 October 2016

Gravesend Reach. Photo: Geof Foxwell

Gravesend Reach. Photo: Geof Foxwell

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The PLA also confirmed it has started an investigation

A pilot who died while boarding a ship in Gravesend Reach last week, has been named as Gordon Coates.

Port of London Authority (PLA) teams on duty, emergency services and RNLI were all on the scene following the accident at around 6.10pm on Wednesday, but Mr Coates was confirmed dead shortly after.

In a statement, John Pearn of the UK Maritime Pilots’ Association (UKMPA), said: “It is with great sadness that I must inform you that one of our colleagues, Gordon Coates, a London Pilot, was involved in an incident whilst boarding a vessel in the Thames on Wednesday evening.

“Sadly he passed away shortly afterwards.

“I am sure you will join with me and the UKMPA executive committee in passing on our sincere condolences.

“Our thoughts are very much with his family, friends and colleagues at the Port of London Authority during this tragic time.”

Robin Mortimer, PLA chief executive, added: “Our deepest condolences are with our colleagues’ family and friends at this very difficult time.

“We have been in touch with the family and are offering whatever support we can.”

The PLA also confirmed it has started a probe into the accident.

Marine accidents are also investigated by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch and they were due to attend the Gravesend base last week.

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