The oil worker who died after falling into the sea from an offshore platform was George Bartlett from Shotts, West Lothian in Scotland.

Bartlett, 62 — a worker on the Taqa-operated Harding platform about 198 miles north east of Aberdeen — died early Thursday morning when he fell into the North Sea during maintenance work.

He was recovered from the water and airlifted to Gilbert Bain Hospital in Lerwick, Shetland but later died, according to police.

Bartlett’s family said in a statement: “George was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be sorely missed by us all. He has worked offshore for many years but no matter how far away he was he would always be in touch.

“We are a close-knit family and we now ask that we are given time to come to terms with our loss.”

The platform has a crew of 108 people and all other workers have been accounted for, Taqa said.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “The investigation is currently being treated as a work-related death and Police Scotland are working with partners, carrying out a joint investigation with the Health and Safety Executive and under the direction of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service to determine the full circumstances.”



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