THE family of a Wirral man who passed away last month after an incident on the River Mersey have today paid tribute to him.

Ian Webb was rescued from the river close to Tranmere Oil Terminal on the night of Sunday, January 27, but died in hospital a short time later.

The 62-year-old, from Raby Mere, was described by family as "an intelligent, conscientious family man, with a wicked sense of humour.

"He will be greatly missed by all his friends and family, especially his wife of 37 years, their two children, and his mother.

"Ian began his career with Ocean Fleets Ltd, and travelled the world with them.

"He then worked as a marine engineer on the River Mersey, where he remained loyal to the same company for 35 years.

"Ian loved motorbikes and classic cars.

"He had a “Bucket List” of foreign travel plans for his retirement, including trips to New Zealand, Route 66 (by motorbike of course!), and the whole British Superbike season. Plans sadly never to be fulfilled.

"Ian’s family would like to thank his crew and the emergency services who, in such dreadful weather conditions, tried their best to save him on the night.

"We would also like to thank his employers, colleagues and friends for their love, support, and respect during this difficult time."

A police investigation is underway into what is being treated as an unexplained death. Witness and CCTV enquiries are ongoing.

Anyone with information can contact @MerPolCC, or alternatively call 101 with reference 877.