Drowned crewman on sunk Thames tugboat named

Rescue teams and a rescue boat at the scene
Image caption An inquiry into Darren Lacey's death has begun

A crewman who died when a tugboat sank in the River Thames in south-east London has been named as Darren Lacey.

Mr Lacey, 40, from Gravesend in Kent, was on the tug Chiefton when it capsized off Greenwich Pier on 12 August.

Two other crewmen on the tug, which was towing a barge, were rescued. A search for Mr Lacey was called off after several hours.

His body was recovered on Monday from nearby Convoys Wharf.

A post-mortem examination held on Wednesday gave his cause of death as drowning. An inquest has been opened and adjourned.

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency are investigating the accident with the help of the Metropolitan Police's Marine Policing Unit.

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