2 longshore workers injured in separate incidents Saturday night

Staff writerSeptember 16, 2013 

Firefighters responded to two separate injuries to longshore workers at the Port of Tacoma Saturday night.

About 9:45 p.m. they were called to Pier 7 at 1070 Port of Tacoma Road, where a longshorman suffered a head laceration and couldn't exit the hold, Tacoma Fire said.

Firefighters treated the patient and used a high angle rope rescue with a stretcher to remove the worker, and then took the patient to the hospital, according to Tacoma Fire.

The extent of that injury was not immediately clear, but Tacoma Fire spokesman Joe Meinecke said the patient was transported by paramedics, rather than a private ambulance company.

"Our paramedics would not take them if it was a basic life support call," he said.

Officials from the Port of Tacoma were not immediately available for comment.

Earlier Saturday night, about 7:30 p.m., firefighters responded to a woman who rolled her ankle in a hole in a pit of a ship at the APM Terminal, at 1002 Milwaukee Way.

They used the same type of rescue for that injury, and hoisted the worker from the ship using the port's crane, Tacoma Fire said.

She was also taken to the hospital.

alexis.krell@thenewstribune.com

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