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Ship Fall

Posted on 30th January 2014 at 17:11

An investigation is getting under way after a fall was reported last night at the Weyerhaeuser Log Dock. Along with Longview Fire crews, the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office was called down to the dock at about 6:50 pm, when it was reported that a man had fallen off of the log carrier “Westwood Columbia.” The captain of the ship said that the man was in the river, between the ship and the dock; it was also learned that the man had fallen off of a crane, dropping some 40 feet. It took only a few minutes to get the man out of the water, and he was transported to St. John Medical Center under a full trauma alert. Longview Fire Battalion Chief Kevin Taylor says that they learned that the victim is the ship’s electrician, who had been working on the crane when it moved suddenly, slamming into the side of the ship and knocking him off. The crew went into its “man overboard” drill, and was able to make the rescue within a few minutes. Due to confidentiality laws, the extent of the man’s injuries, nor has his name has not been disclosed. His condition hasn’t been updated this morning.