Contractor in stable condition after ‘traumatic’ incident at Southport ferry terminal

  • Source: WECT-TV NBC 6 Wilmington
  • Published: 06/04/2021 12:00 AM

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.


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