A family has paid tribute to their “kind and generous” father and husband after he died in a freak quarry accident near Coleraine.
Albert Kane, 59, died in the Letterloan Road area of Macosquin on Saturday morning when a massive bucket broke free from specialist quarrying equipment.
Police confirmed a sudden death in the area while the The Health and Safety executive said it was investigating, adding: “Our thoughts are with the family at this most difficult time”.
Mr Kane’s wife Lulu paid tribute to her husband on Sunday night, saying he was “a wise, kind and generous man who was much loved and will be greatly missed by his wife Lulu, two daughters Molly and Iona and his brothers and sisters”.
She said the family extends their sympathy to Albert’s friend Warren Nevin who was also injured in the accident, but was later released from hospital after treatment.
It is understood that the incident involved specialist stone crushing equipment and that a massive bucket from the machine became detached and struck both Albert and his friend as it fell.
Mr Kane had called to deliver a message to his friend, who was at work on his own quarry, when the accident happened.
Originally a Londonderry man, Mr Kane leaves behind four sisters and two brothers who still live in that area, as well as his wife and two teenage daughters.
He had lived at least a decade in the Bath and Cornwall area but had returned to Northern Ireland about ten years ago. He had been working as building and maintenance supervisor at Coleraine High School, having come from an engineering background.
Mr Kane was well known in Bath rugby circles and played rugby in his youth. His death has also resulted in mourning in sailing and horse riding circles in Northern Ireland, where he was also well known.
A neighbour, Russell Lamont, said: “Albert was a carefree gentleman who would do anything for anyone. He was always there is your children needed lifted, you only had to lift the phone.
“He was very highly thought of at Coleraine High School.”
UUP Councillor William King, who lives just over a mile from the Kane home, said the accident happened while Albert was with a friend whom he said was haulier Warren Nevin.
“I want to stress my sincere sympathies and condolences to Albert’s family,” he said.
The autopsy has taken place and the inquest will happen at a date to be confirmed.
Mr Kane’s funeral will be at Macosquin Church of Ireland at 1pm on Friday.