Tampa Firefighters Rescue Barge Worker
Firefighters lowered paramedics 50 feet down into the cargo area to reach and treat the patient.
TAMPA – An injured barge worker was lifted 50 feet from a cargo hold so that he could be taken to the hospital, according to Tampa Fire Rescue.
The worker, whose name was not released, was taken to Tampa General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Firefighters were called to a medical emergency medical emergency at 1800 Grant St. about 11:03 p.m. Wednesday (Aug, 9). The call involved an injured worker who was working in a
cargo area in a barge moored at Port Tampa Bay.
When firefighters arrived they used ropes and rigging equipment to lower paramedics 50 feet down into the cargo area to reach and treat the patient, an 18-year-old man who sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
Firefighters used a crane and pulley rigging system to lower a basket down to the patient to safely pull him out of the space. He was then placed in a rescue car and taken to Tampa General Hospital at 12:08 a.m. today (Aug. 10).
Tampa firefighters said they are trained to perform special rescues in a variety of scenarios including underwater, high altitude, remote areas, and confined spaces.
For information about Tampa Fire Rescue, go to tampagov.net.
Photo courtesy of Tampa Fire Rescue.
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