Team GB Olympian Emily Borthwick reveals her ‘beautiful’ brother, 22, was killed after getting trapped in ‘industrial machinery’ at business park where he worked in Blackburn 

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  • A Team GB Olympian pays tribute to his ‘beautiful’ brother, who died aged 22
  • Conor Borthwick died when caught in industrial machinery in Blackburn
  • High jumper Emily Borthwick, 24, said she was ‘heartbroken’ after the accident

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A Team GB Olympian said he is ‘absolutely heartbroken’ after his 22-year-old brother died after being trapped in industrial machinery.

High-jumper Emily Borthwick, 24, said she was devastated to share the news that her ‘pretty baby brother’ Connor died last Thursday.

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Three fire engines and paramedics arrived at an industrial site in Blackburn, Lancashire, at 2.47 pm last Thursday after the accident was reported.

For about two and a half hours, firefighters tried to free Mr Borthwick, a maintenance engineer.

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Emergency personnel also used a high-pressure airbag to rescue Mr Borthwick.

Conor Borthwick, 22, (right) died after being trapped in industrial machinery in Blackburn. He was the younger brother of Team GB high jumper and Olympian Emily Borthwick, 24 (left).

Emily said she was 'absolutely devastated' that her 'pretty baby brother', a former RAF aircraft technician, had died in the crash

Emily said she was ‘absolutely devastated’ that her ‘pretty baby brother’, a former RAF aircraft technician, had died in the crash

Emily Borthwick represented Team GB in the high jump at the Tokyo Olympics earlier this year

Emily Borthwick represented Team GB in the high jump at the Tokyo Olympics earlier this year

Mr Borthwick, who was from Wigan, Greater Manchester, and a former RAF aircraft technician, later died of his injuries.

Writing on Twitter, Ms Borthwick, who represented Team GB at the Tokyo Olympics, said: ‘Me and my family are absolutely heartbroken to share the news that my beautiful baby brother died last week .’

Connor’s family said it enriched their lives ‘beyond measure’.

It said: ‘Our son and brother, Connor, was a light that only shone for 22 years.

‘His boundless energy and generous spirit have enriched the lives of anyone he met. He loved his friends and family.

The Borthwick family pays tribute to Connor's 'boundless energy and generous spirit'

The Borthwick family pays tribute to Connor’s ‘boundless energy and generous spirit’

Connor and Emily were just two years apart in age.  The family said it was 'overwhelmed by the love and support' they received after Connor's death

Connor and Emily were just two years apart in age. The family said it was ‘overwhelmed by the love and support’ they received after Connor’s death

‘We are overwhelmed by the love and support we have received since his death.

‘It’s a real testament to the way he touched the lives of so many people in a positive way and enriched them beyond our measure.

‘We will miss him dearly.’

Ms Borthwick’s athletics coach Trevor Painter also paid tribute to the “strength” of the bereaved family.

He said he was ‘very proud of the Borthwick family and their strength in these darkest hours’.

Emily Borthwick of Great Britain reacts after being cleared in the women's high jump qualifying round during the second season of the European Indoor Athletics Championships at Arena Torun in Torun, Poland

Emily celebrates after qualifying for the women's high jump final during the second season in Poland

Emily Borthwick of Great Britain reacts after being cleared in the women’s high jump qualifying round during the second season of the European Indoor Athletics Championships at Arena Torun in Torun, Poland

He said: ‘It was great when he came to our sessions a few years back because he always had a cheeky story and a sparkle in his eyes.

‘RIP Connor, your light will never be forgotten.’

Police also reached the spot and launched a joint investigation into the incident with the Health and Safety Executive.

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: ‘We were called by the ambulance service shortly before 3 p.m. to reports of an industrial accident at the business premises on Bruce Street in Blackburn, where a man in his 20s suffered serious injuries She was

‘Unfortunately, those injuries proved fatal.

‘Our condolences are with the man’s family and friends at this time.

‘We are in the early stages of a joint investigation of the circumstances with our colleagues from the Health and Safety Executive and their inquiries are ongoing.’

Establishment of Connor’s family a fundraising page, with proceeds going to two charities.

He said: ‘We would like to honor his memory by raising funds for two causes that were close to his heart.

‘His grandfather Derek died of Alzheimer’s in 2017 and his uncle, Jamie, who had Down syndrome, died in 2015.’

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