‘We were the perfect couple’ – devastated widow of oil rig worker killed in BP platform accident

CLOSE COUPLE: Sean Anderson and wife Jayne.
CLOSE COUPLE: Sean Anderson and wife Jayne.
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A GRIEVING mum has spoken of her hearthache after her “soulmate” died in an oil rig accident.

Dad-of-four Sean Anderson, from Washington, was on board BP’s Unity platform off Aberdeen when he died.

Today, his loved ones opened up about the 43-year-old devoted family man who “would do anything for anyone”.

He was part of a team carrying out routine maintenance when the accident happened shortly after 4am last Thursday.

The worker, who was employed by the industrial services firm Cape, reportedly fell from the installation, which lies 97 miles off the coast of Aberdeen.

His devastated wife Jayne said: “He was just a genuine lad, who would do anything for anyone.

“We did everything together.

“Everybody knew we were 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.”

The couple, married for 17 years, met when Sean worked on the waltzer at the fair in South Shields.

Former model Jayne, 40, added: “I want to say thank you for everybody’s kindness and support.

“I just want people to know how proud I was of him.

“Anything you needed done, he would do it, he was absolutely fantastic.

He was so funny, he was the best.”

Sean, who grew up in Jarrow, and Jayne, originally from South Shields, are parents to twins Chloe and Kyle, 20, daughter Hallie, 13, and Ava, six.

He also leaves mum Myra, 65, brothers Gareth, 32, and Mark Toal, 45, and sister Claire Donnelly, 36.

The former pupil at Valley View Primary and Springfield Schools worked for Sterling Scaffolding in Bede, Swan Hunter and Amec, before he and Jayne moved to London for a year.

They returned from the capital and moved to Washington, where he worked for Asda’s Ambient Distribution Centre as a driver for several years before returning to work as a scaffolder in April last year, first working for Stork before moving to Cape this April.

Away from work, he enjoyed playing guitar, cycling and motorbikes and caravanning with his family and was well-known as a practical joker.

The family has been inundated with flowers and cards since the news broke of his death.

Close friend Paul McVeigh, 45, a police officer based in Houghton, said: “He was a really wholesome family bloke.

“We met about seven or eight years ago and instantly hit it off and were really close.

“We were interested in a lot of different things and we had a lot of shared views.

“He put his family first, and they are also important to me, and that’s why we had a lot in common.”

Police in Scotland are working alongside partners including the Health and Safety Executive, under the direction of the Crown Office, and Procurator Fiscal Service to determine the full circumstances of the accident.

Sean’s funeral has not been arranged yet.