Man hurt in sea fall
Other workers jumped into the sea to help a man who was injured when he fell from the deck of a ship at Port Nelson yesterday.
The 37-year-old Richmond man suffered moderate chest and hip injuries and today was reportedly comfortable in Nelson Hospital.
Port Nelson Ltd chief executive Martin Byrne said the man was working on the Spirit of Endurance when he fell from the deck into the water between the ship and the wharf.
''It appears at some stage during his fall he may have made contact with a rail on the side of the vessel.''
Other port workers and members of the container ship's crew went to his aid, including some who got into the water.
An ambulance was on the scene about 10 minutes after the accident and with help from Port Nelson staff the man was put into a stretcher in the water and lifted out by a mobile harbour crane.
Mr Byrne said the man had been with the port company for a number of years, was very experienced in vessel operations and had worked in both the stevedoring and logistics divisions.
He said a full internal investigation was being carried out. Because the incident happened on a vessel, the government agency Maritime New Zealand had also been advised. The Spirit of Endurance is a frequent caller at Port Nelson. It arrived yesterday morning and left in the evening, with the accident happening at around 11.30am. The ship is due back in Nelson next Monday.
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