Wife of Sunderland dad killed in docks accident: "I am just in complete shock"

Steve Summerside.
Steve Summerside.
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The heartbroken wife of a Sunderland dad-of-two killed while working in Cornwall has spoken of her shock.

Engineer Steve Summerside, 45, died after while servicing a lift on a car ferry at Falmouth docks in Cornwall.

Steve Summerside and wife Donna.

Steve Summerside and wife Donna.

Mr Summerside, from St Peter's View, Roker, died after getting trapped between the lift and the shaft on the MV Ulysse, berthed at Queen Elizabeth Dock around 11.30am yesterday.

Devastated wife, Donna, 45, said: "I am just in compete shock. I can't take it in, I just keep thinking he is coming home.

"We don't really know anything yet, all we have been told is that there was an accident."

Stephen, 44, was a devoted dad of two sons, Shaun, 25, and Scott, 21, and two grandchildren, Mia, six, and one-year-old Beau.

Falmouth Docks. Picture from Google Images.

Falmouth Docks. Picture from Google Images.

Donna said: "He absolutely adored our grandchildren and he was so proud of both his sons."

Devon and Cornwall Police issued a statement: "Police and ambulance were called to Queen Elizabeth Dock, Falmouth, at 11.35am on Monday 11 January following concerns for a man aboard the Irish Ferries owned MV Ulysses.

"Officers located a man on board the ship who had sustained serious injuries. The man, in his 40s, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

"The death is being treated as unexplained at this time.

"CID and scenes of crimes officers are currently at the scene.

"Next of kin are being traced.

"The Health and Safety Executive has been informed."

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) spokesman said: "I can confirm that HSE is making enquiries and Inspectors attended the site yesterday.

"It is too early, however, to say that a formal investigation is under way."