Tributes to dockyard tragedy victim, Keith
A MAN who died while working on a submarine at Devonport Dockyard earlier this week has been named by his family.
Keith Stevens, 57, lived in Newton Abbot with his wife Karen and was born and raised in Paignton.
His sisters, Valerie, Esme and Doreen paid tribute to him saying "he was always smiling".
"He was so laid back and was a loveable rogue," said Doreen.
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Keith worked as scaffolder for many years and was respected in his trade.
"Out of work he loved being out in the country and going walking and fishing," said Doreen.
It is believed the incident, occurred when Keith was operating a "cherry picker" at the dockyard in Plymouth on Monday.
Dockyard operator Babcock Marine said: "An employee of our sub-contractor Pyeroy died while carrying out maintenance work on a laid-up submarine at our facilities in Devonport. Everyone at Babcock is saddened by this tragedy, and our thoughts are very much with the family of the person who has lost his life.
"Both our company and Pyeroy are co-operating fully with the Police and Health and Safety Executive, and we can say nothing further while their investigations into the as yet unknown cause of this incident continue."
A spokesman from Wood Group, which operates Pyeroy, said: "We are deeply saddened to confirm on October 21 a Wood Group employee has died while carrying out maintenance work at the Devonport Dockyard at the naval base.
"Our thoughts are with his family and colleagues. We will provide them with support during this difficult time. Police and the Health and Safety Executive are investigating the incident."
Wailim Wong, for the HSE, said: "It is a joint investigation. Inspectors have been on site."
The Plymouth coroner's office was informed and a post mortem is expected to take place at the end of this week and the inquest will be opened shortly after.