Crane flips into water, Coast Guard rescues operator

Sept. 22, 2023
The man was pulled from the water and resuscitated by Coast Guard crew.

A crane operator was pulled from the water and revived by members of the Coast Guard after his crane tipped and fell into the water at a drydock in Memphis, Tennessee.

The incident occurred at the Wepfer Marine Drydock. Someone from a nearby towing vessel jumped in and found the operator. Then crew members from two Coast Guard ships, the Ouachita and the Obion, used a fire hose to pull the two onto the dock. 

The man was resuscitated and monitored by Coast Guard personnel until emergency medical services arrived. 

The crane operator was taken to a local hospital.

"I couldn't be more proud of how our crew responded," said Chief Petty Officer Will Parris of the Coast Guard Cutter Ouachita, in a statement. "They relied on their training, experience and each other to get the gentleman the care he needed."

Source: United States Coast Guard

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