Man recovering from accident at Southport Ferry terminal
By WECT Staff | June 2, 2021 at 11:32 PM EDT – Updated June 3 at 7:21 PM
SOUTHPORT, N.C. (WECT) – Emergency officials say a worker is in stable condition after he was injured in a “traumatic incident” at the NC Ferry Terminal in Southport around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday evening.
A spokesperson for the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division said a contract employee was working on a dock replacement project at the terminal when the accident occurred.
Southport Police Chief Todd Coring said the worker was driving a piling into the ground from a barge and the piling broke, hitting the man in the head.
The Southport Fire Department was forced to perform a technical rescue to reach the victim, who was about eight feet below the ferry ramp.
The rescue was complicated by the fact the barge was situated in a marsh that was about four feet deep. Equipment and rescue personnel had to be lowered to the scene and the man was raised up in a rescue basket.
Coring said because of the condition of the victim, paramedics requested Airlink assistance and the victim was flown by medical helicopter to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.
Coring on Thursday said the worker suffered “some breaks and injuries that will require surgery,” but was in stable condition.
“The accident is under review by officials with the NCDOT Ferry Division,” Coring added.
Ferry traffic was delayed for about an hour but it is now back on schedule.
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