THE family of a Falmouth man are “absolutely devastated” after his body was found in a sewage filtration tank on the day before New Year’s Eve.
The body of Robert Geach, from Mongleath Road, was found at 8pm on December 30 at a South West Water premises inside Falmouth Docks.
Ambulance staff attended and attempted to resuscitate him.
The 54-year-old father-of-two was taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro where he was later pronounced deceased.
His widow, Sylvia Geach, said the life of the family is “on hold” as they await the results of a post mortem and a police investigation.
Police are treating the death as non suspicious.
Mrs Geach said: “We are all absolutely devastated and we await news.
“He was very popular with his work mates, he was popular with his friends.
“He was loved by his colleagues and obviously he was very, very loved by his family.
“He will be sorely missed.”
Devon and Cornwall Police have launched a joint investigation with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and HM Coroner has been informed.
Mr Geach worked for South West Water for over 20 years.
A statement from his employer said: “South West Water regrets to confirm that an employee died at Falmouth Sewage Treatment Works on Monday 30 December.
“Our thoughts are with the employee's family and friends at this very difficult time.
“South West Water will be working with the relevant authorities, including the Health and Safety Executive, to investigate the incident and it would be inappropriate to comment further while this investigation is ongoing.”
A HSE spokesman said: “We are investigating jointly with the police.
“An inspector has been to the site and the inquiry is ongoing.”
He added that the water filtration tank was part of a South West Water sewage treatment plant which was inside Falmouth Docks but it was not part of the docks operation.