Published on Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 at 3:38 pm.

Whitby Mick Named as One of the men Killed after Didcot Power Station Collapse


The Man who was killed in Power Station Boiler House Collapse on Tuesday has been named by close friends who paid tribute to him. Mr Mick Collings body was found near to the collapse when emergency services turned up at the scene just after 4pm on Tuesday Members of a motorcycle club say that Mick Collings from Whitby, North Yorkshire, was one of the workers, believed to have died in the Didcot Power station collapse.

The Teesriders Motorcycle Club wrote an obituary to their fellow rider and said Mr Collings was known as “Whitby Mick”.

Other members and friends told how he was a “really good guy” and “would give you the shirt off his back”.

Words cannot describe how gutted we are to be writing this. The accident that happened yesterday at Didcot power station has killed a good friend and dedicated member of Teesriders Mcc. All our thoughts go out to Lynn and all the family at this very sad time. RIP Mick.

The rescue operation that has now turned into a recovery operation, to find the bodies of the three other missing men who are also believed to be from the North East of England.

Rescuers carrying out the search and recovery operation have been hampered due to the lake of light within the sectors of the building and areas of the search. There is also a risk of further collapses. Two cranes have also been brought to site to help remove some of the steels and to aid with searching.

The Fire Chief for Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue service issued a joint statement with Police at the scene this afternoon.
Didcot,Oxfordshire Wednesday 24th February 2016 specialist Urban search and rescue teams have worked through the night looking for three missing men that have been buried in the rubble of the destroyed boiler room of Didcot A Power Station. Four demolition worker was killed when the 10-storey building caved in and five others injured. Emergency services were scrambled to the scene at 4.05pm after a loud bang was heard and half the boiler house collapsed. A large plume of dust enveloped the surrounding area prompting 50 people needing to seek treament for breathing difficulties. GV Showing workers who where on the Power station yesterday now waiting for news on the missing men ©UKNIP (UK News In Pictures/UKNIP)
Police explained this afternoon that the rescue operation has turned into a recovery operation, to find the bodies of the three other missing men. Following the partial building collapse of Didcot A Power Station yesterday (23/2), we can now confirm that the families of the three missing people have visited the site, supported by Family Liaison Officers from Thames Valley Police.

The families had the opportunity to speak to Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Service about the search operation.

Chief Fire Officer Dave Etheridge, Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Service, said: “We remain committed and determined to return the missing people to their families, and work continues overnight.

“We are working with structural engineers and demolition experts to establish a safe way of working on site. In addition the military is supporting the search for the missing people. They will be using a mini remote control vehicle to assist with the search for survivors at the site.

This provides us with enhanced capability and their equipment and expertise will be invaluable.”

Thames Valley Police Assistant Chief Constable Scott Chilton said: “We are continuing to work with the Health and Safety Executive and all the emergency services to understand the cause of this incident.”

South Central Ambulance Service remains on site to deal with any recovered casualties.

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South Oxfordshire District Council Environmental Health has confirmed there are no air quality issues associated with the dust cloud that formed yesterday.

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