Rescue from Cargo Ship

Posted on  05/16/2013 5:39 pm

TIME: 3:58 P.M.

Wilmington Fire Department Units on the “A” Platoon were dispatched to the Port of Wilmington for a rescue of an injured person in the cargo hold of a ship. On arrival, units found an injured 23 year old male patient approximately 70 feet down in a cargo hold of a ship that was being unloaded at the Port. The patient reportedly had a coil of wire weighing approximately 2000 lbs. roll onto his chest. The coil had been removed prior to the Fire Department’s arrival. The patient was evaluated in the cargo hold by EMT’s of the Fire department and Paramedics from New Castle County. Due to his injuries, the patient was immobilized, lashed into a Stokes Basket and raised from the cargo hold by the ship’s crane and lowered to the ground. The patient was then transferred to Delaware State Police Helicopter Trooper 4 at 4:55 p.m. and transported to Christiana Trauma Center.

The situation was placed under control at 5:15 p.m. by the Incident Commander, Battalion Chief Ed Hojnicki.

Twenty-six (26) fire and EMS personnel responded to the rescue. The following units responded: SB-2, Squad Engine 1, Squad Engine 3, Ladder 2, Battalion 1, Deputy 2, Ambulance PA4, NCC Paramedics, and Delaware State Police Helicopter Trooper 4.