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Injured Worker Rescued At Port Of Wilmington


On Sunday, shortly after 4:00 pm Wilmington Firefighters (WFD) on the A platoon were alerted for an injured worker on a vessel at Berth 5 in the Port of Wilmington, according to Battalion Chief John Looney.

Upon arrival, firefighters learned that an injured worker was located on the ship approximately 5 feet below deck.

The first arriving unit, Skyboom-2,  made patient contact and determined it was necessary for the patient to be removed utilizing ropes & rigging, said Looney.

Battalion Chief Richard Danner arrived on scene, assumed command, and utilized the WFD Special Operations Team to effect a rescue.

The special operations rescue team descended down to the patient and packaged the patient in a stokes basket. Crews utilized the onboard crane to hoist the patient out of the hull of the ship and lowered over to dockside units.

Additional crews and EMS personnel transferred the patient from the stokes basket to the stretcher and the patient was transported to the Wilmington Hospital. The scene was placed under control at 4:55 PM by the Battalion Chief Danner.

Approximately 18 fire and EMS personnel responded to the fire. The following units responded: Skyboom 2, Squad 4, Ladder 1, Battalion-2, St. Francis EMS, and New Castle County Paramedics.

Looney did not release details of the worker’s injuries.

Image Credits: WFD

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