The incident occurred on Wednesday, October 5 around 6 pm local time, PLA confirmed.
General cargo ship Sunmi - Image courtesy: Hannes van Rijn
The Port of London Authority said that its teams on duty, the emergency services and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) “did all they could subsequent to the accident, but tragically the pilot passed away.”
The authority and the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) have launched an investigation into the accident.
PLA did not reveal any further details of the nature of the incident.