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Worker Falls 40 Feet Inside Ship At Port Of Wilmington


Shortly after 8:45 Friday evening, Wilmington Firefighters (WFD) on the C platoon were alerted for an injured worker on a vessel at Berth 1 in the Port of Wilmington, according to Battalion Chief John Looney.

Looney said upon arrival of fire department units an updated report indicated that an injured worker was located on the ship, approximately 40 feet below the deck.

Battalion Chief Dennis Kirlin arrived on scene, assumed command, and utilized the WFD Special Operations Team to affect a rescue. The special operations
rescue team made patient contact and quickly assembled a rope system attached to a Stokes basket for lowering.

Additional fire department crews and EMS personnel transferred the patient from the stokes basket to the stretcher. The patient was transported to the Christiana Hospital with serious injuries. The scene was placed under control at 9:40 by Battalion Chief Kirlin.

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


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