AN offshore worker who died while working on a North Sea platform was from Wearside.
Sean Anderson, 43, was part of a team carrying out routine maintenance on BP’s Unity platform when the incident happened, shortly after 4am on 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.
Relations of Mr Anderson, who was from Washington, have been told and his colleagues are said to be shocked and saddened by what has happened.
Tributes have also been left on the Echo’s Facebook page as people play their respects to Mr Anderson.
Marjorie Hollywood wrote: “Rest in peace, prayers are with your family.”
Liam Hall said: “RIP, thoughts are with his family friends and colleagues on the Unity.
“The sad news travelled through many platforms offshore.”
Caroline Atkinson added: “So many of my family members work off shore and its easy to forget how dangerous their jobs are.”
Police are working with the Health and Safety Executive under the direction of the Crown Office to determine the full circumstances of the death.
A BP spokeswoman said: “It is with deep regret that Cape confirms the death of an employee after an incident.
“The deceased was part of a Cape team carrying out routine maintenance onboard BP’s Unity platform.
“Our thoughts go out to his family, to whom we will be offering every support.
“The deceased’s co-workers are obviously shocked and saddened.”
The platform is within the Forties pipeline system.