Funeral to take place of oil rig worker killed on BP platform

CLOSE COUPLE: Sean Anderson and wife Jayne.
CLOSE COUPLE: Sean Anderson and wife Jayne.
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FAMILY and friends of a devoted father-of-four who died in an oil rig accident will pay a final tribute to him at his funeral this week.

Sean Anderson, from Washington, was part of a team carrying out routine maintenance for industrial services firm Cape, on BP’s Unity platform, off Aberdeen, when he died on Thursday, September 4.

Investigations into the cause of his death are still being carried out by police and the Health and Safety Executive.

A large turnout is expected at Mr Anderson’s funeral service at South Shields Crematorium on Friday.

The service gets under way at 1.30pm and will be followed by a reception at The Lakeside Inn, in Jarrow.

The 43-year-old, who is originally from Jarrow, was a pupil at the town’s Valley View Primary and Springfield Schools, and he went onto work for Sterling Scaffolding in Bede, Swan Hunter and Amec, before he and wife Jayne moved to London for a year.

Mr Anderson worked for Asda’s Ambient Distribution Centre as a driver for several years and then returned to his work as a scaffolder in April last year, first working for Stork, before moving to Cape in April.

Away from work, he enjoyed playing guitar, cycling and motorbikes, and caravanning with his family.

The family, who now live in Washington, have been inundated with flowers and cards since the tragic news broke of his death.

His wife Jayne, who he was married to for 17 years, said he was a “genuine lad” who would “do anything” for anyone.

Mrs Anderson, 40, a former model who has appeared on the front pages of Marie Claire and Vogue, and now runs her own business, met Sean as he worked on the waltzer at the fair in South Shields when she was visiting with friends.

They are parents to twins Chloe and Kyle, 20, and daughters Hallie, 13, and Ava, six.

Mr Anderson, who grew up in Primrose, Jarrow, also leaves mum Myra, 65, brothers Gareth, 32, and Mark Toal, 45, and sister Claire Donnelly, 36.

Mrs Anderson added: “He was just a genuine lad, who would do anything for anyone. We did everything together. Everybody knew us as the perfect couple.

“We had plans to travel the world together. We had so many plans.

“He would say things like ‘Have I told you I love you today?’ all the time.”

After the tragedy, Simon Hicks, UK managing director of Cape, said: “We remain shocked and saddened by what happened. Our thoughts are with Sean’s family, whom we will support in any way we can.

“Sean was a popular, hard-working and experienced employee.

“His co-workers are obviously shaken and saddened by the incident, and we are making sure they too have all the support they need.

“We don’t know how or why this incident happened, but we will co-operate fully with Police Scotland and the HSE in their investigation.”