THE family of a man who was killed in a dockyard accident have paid tribute to their 'diamond' brother.
Keith Stevens (pictured), 57, from Highweek, Newton Abbot, was operating a 'cherry picker' while carrying out maintenance work on a laid-up submarine at Plymouth's Devonport yard when an incident happened on Monday. Police and the Health and Safety Executive are investigating.
His sisters Valerie, Esme and Doreen — all from Paignton — said their brother was a very skilled scaffolder who was respected in the community.
"He was always smiling," said Doreen.
"He was such a laid back person, a unique character and took part in many charity events. He was a loveable rogue."
They said Keith, was well known in South Devon. He was born and raised in Paignton and later moved to the Teignbridge area.
He lived in Highweek with his wife, Karen, after previously living in Kingsteignton.
Keith had a son, Matthew, and had worked as a scaffolder for many years.
"He loved the outdoor life," added Doreen.
"He always had Jack Russells and loved walking in the country and fishing."
It is the second time the family has been rocked by tragedy as Keith's brother, Tony, died in a road accident some years ago. Following Keith's death, dockyard operator Babcock Marine said: "An employee of our sub-contractor Pyeroy died while carrying out maintenance work on a laid-up submarine.
"Everyone at Babcock is saddened by this tragedy and our thoughts are very much with the family.
"Both our company and Pyeroy are co-operating fully with the Police and Health and Safety Executive and we can say nothing further while their investigations into the as yet unknown cause of this incident continue."
A spokesman for Wood Group, who operates Pyeroy, said: "We are deeply saddened to confirm a Wood Group employee has died while carrying out maintenance work at the Devonport Dockyard at the naval base.
"Our thoughts are with his family and colleagues.
"We will provide them with support during this difficult time."
Wailim Wong, for the HSE, said: "It's a joint investigation. Inspectors were on site on Tuesday."
The Plymouth coroner's office has been informed and a postmortem is expected to take place at the end of this week with an inquest expected to be opened shortly after.