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George Bartlett, 62, named as Taqa Harding platform fall death man

George Bartlett
George Bartlett fell from the Harding platform on Thursday

A 62-year-old oil worker who died after falling into the water from a North Sea platform has been named.

George Bartlett, from Shotts in Lanarkshire, fell from the Taqa platform Harding, which is about 200 miles north east of Aberdeen, during "maintenance activity" on Thursday.

He was recovered from the sea and flown to Shetland but could not be saved.

Relatives said: "George was a loving husband, father and grandfather."

A statement added: "George 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."

An investigation is continuing.

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