Tribute to Woolwich Ferry worker Ben who died in service

The Woolwich Ferry will be suspended on Monday as staff pay respects at the funeral of their colleague and friend Ben Woollacott who tragically died in service when he fell into the River Thames.

The Woolwich Ferry will be suspended on Monday as staff pay their respects at the funeral of their colleague and friend Ben Woollacott who tragically died in service when he fell into the River Thames.

Boat services will resume at 6.10am the following day.

Tour firms, Thames River Services and Crown River Cruises, are also halt as a mark of respect.

Drivers needing to cross the River Thames on Monday are advised to use the Blackwall Tunnel, Rotherhithe Tunnel or Tower Bridge.

Nineteen-year-old crew member Ben from Swanley was dragged under the propellers after he fell into the river. He was taken by the coastguard to the shore where paramedics were waiting but he was pronounced dead at 7am.

A colleague who did not wish to be named, said his co-worker was “a lovely boy” who was “happy and bubbly.”