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Family prays for missing Gravesend tugboat crewman

PUBLISHED: 17:07 15 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 family of a missing crewman from a Gravesend tugboat which sank in the Thames are praying that he is found safe and well.

Darren Lacey, 40, of Gravesend, disappeared without trace on Friday morning when the boat capsized.

A search and rescue operation led by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency was launched in a bid to find the missing member of what was a three-man team but was called off four hours later.

Police did continue to search for Mr Lacey both in the river and on shore on Monday.

His cousin, Sharon, writing on a website message board, said the family were close and were “hurting” badly.

She added: “Thank you to all who have thoughts for the family. I am his cousin and am desperately waiting for news wanting it to be good news, and praying for a miracle.”

The Chiefton tug overturned after running into trouble at Convoys Wharf in Deptford, near Greenwich Pier, on Friday morning. Mr Lacey is thought to have been in the engine room when the accident happened at around 10.50am. His two crew members were later rescued by a passing speedboat.

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