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Grief-stricken members of sea shanty group Fisherman's Friends have thanked the public for their support after their tour manager died and singer Trevor Grills was seriously injured in a freak accident.

Paul McMullen died at the scene of the incident on Saturday, hours before the Cornish-based 10-piece were due to perform at the G Live venue in Guildford, Surrey.

He was trapped underneath a door at the venue's loading bay, police said. Mr Grills suffered head injuries and is in a serious condition in hospital.

Band member Jon Cleave, who introduces the Fisherman's Friends songs during concerts, said Mr Grills was "fighting for his life in the presence of his family and loved ones" at St George's Hospital in Tooting, London.

He said: "All our love and thoughts are with them at this time. Until we have some more news we would ask that everyone respect the two families and ours and the communities' privacy at what is a hugely difficult time for us."

He also said the band - and the community of Port Isaac, where the singers are based - appreciated the goodwill and messages of support from fans over the weekend.

He said: "The Fisherman's Friends are very touched and moved by all the concern and support shown for our friends Trevor (Grills) and Paul (McMullen). We'd like to express ours and Port Isaac's thanks to everyone for that. It is part and parcel of our Cornish communities to pull together one and all in such times and that is what we are doing."

Police were called to the venue shortly before midday on Saturday after a report that two men were trapped under a metal door. Mr McMullen suffered serious injuries to his legs, officers confirmed. He was treated by paramedics but was declared dead at the scene, while Mr Grills was taken to hospital.

Fans paid tribute to Mr McMullen, from Stockport, over the weekend as news of his death spread.

Mr Cleave echoed those sentiments, adding: "We are all deeply shocked and upset by the tragic loss of Paul McMullen, our dear friend and promoter. Our thoughts are with his family at this very sad time. Paul was a great man and very much part of the Fisherman's Friends family."


From Belfast Telegraph