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Steam Packet's tribute to respected colleague

Inquest into death of long-serving captain concludes

The Steam Packet Company has paid tribute to one of its captains, after an inquest heard he took his own life. 

Chief executive Mark Woodward said the thoughts of everyone at the firm are with the family and friends of Stephen Spenser, who died last year.

A verdict of suicide was recorded on 44-year old Mr Spenser who was found hanged at his home in Governor's Hill, Douglas on 30 October 2014.  

Mr Spenser started working for the Steam Packet in 1986, gaining his master's certificate in 2002.  Mr Woodward described him as a long-serving colleague who conducted his work professionally and responsibly.

The inquest was told Mr Spenser had a difficult relationship with alcohol which, according to Coroner of Inquests John Needham, affected him in a negative way.

The post-mortem exam revealed he had twice the legal driving level of alcohol in his system at the time of his death.

During the weeks before he died he had shown no signs of wanting to end his own life.

Mr Needham said although history suggested Mr Spenser acted impulsively, his intention was to end his own life.

He added Mr Spenser had a high position at the Steam Packet, loved his job and was very good at it.

The Steam Packet tribute ended by saying everyone at the company has been touched by his loss.  

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