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Dead tugboatman was from Gravesend

PUBLISHED: 12:12 18 August 2011 | UPDATED: 14:11 18 August 2011

Darren Lacey drowned after the Chiefton tugboat (pictured) sank in the Thames Photo: kenjonbro Flickr

Darren Lacey drowned after the Chiefton tugboat (pictured) sank in the Thames Photo: kenjonbro Flickr

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The dead man pulled from the River Thames after a tug boat capsized and sank has been named as crewman Darren Lacey from Gravesend.

The 40-year-old, of Long Range Road, is believed to have been in the engine room when the Chiefton ran into trouble at Convoys Wharf, Deptford, at 10.55am on Friday.

Two other crew members managed to escape and were rescued by a passing tug boat.

A three-day search and rescue operation involving officers from the Met’s Marine Policing Unit was launched.

Mr Lacey was recovered from the water at Convoys Wharf in Deptford, close to where it went down, at 5pm on Monday. The coroner ruled that he died from drowning.

Salvage teams have managed to shift the Chiefton, which had been towing a crane barge before the incident, from the centre of the Thames to the side of the river where it is now exposed by the tide.

The Port of London Authority said the complicated salvage operation using divers, a barge and other craft is on going while oil pollution vessels remain on standby.

The Department for Transport has sent a team of Marine Accident Investigation Branch inspectors to the scene but said results of any probe could take weeks or even months.

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