Sailor dies in incident on board Royal Navy warship

HMS Bulwark
HMS Bulwark

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A sailor has died following an industrial incident on board the Royal Navy’s flagship, HMS Bulwark.

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

It comes days after the flagship was in Portsmouth to lead the Royal Navy’s contribution to the D-Day 70 commemorations.

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.

A Royal Navy spokesman added: ‘We can confirm there has been a death in HMS Bulwark, while alongside in Devonport Naval Base.

‘The individual’s next of kin have been informed.

‘The thoughts and sympathies of the naval service are with the deceased’s family and friends at this time.

‘The incident is currently under investigation, therefore it would be inappropriate to comment further.’