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.