Crane fall workmen taken to hospital

Lishally Docks, where three men fell from a crane on to a boat on Thursday morning.
Lishally Docks, where three men fell from a crane on to a boat on Thursday morning.

Three men who fell from a crane into the hold of a boat at Derry’s Port have been taken to hospital.

Emergency services were called to the port shortly before 10am this morning.

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) say they assessed the men’s injuries at the scene.

NIAS have tweeted: “NIAS attending incident at Lisahally docks where 3 men fell approx 20 feet from cradle of crane into hold of boat. All going to hosp (sic). one patient has back and neck injuries, 2nd has back injuries, 3rd is walking wounded. “

Earlier a Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service spokesperson said: “Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) received a call at 9:52am to a report of an incident at the Port Road area of Strathfoyle this morning.

“Four Fire Appliances from Crescent Link Fire Station, one Fire Appliance from Northland Fire Station and the Fire Emergency Support Service vehicle were deployed to the scene of a report that three men had fallen from a crane in the area.

“Firefighters attending the scene helped to remove the three men from the area and all three men were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment to their injuries.

“The incident finished at 11:56am.”

Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney has said that the men are in his thoughts and prayers and wishes them a full and speedy recovery.

“Obviously there will be a Health and Safety investigation which must be carried out as exhaustively and thoroughly as is possible.

“The Health and Safety of workers must be paramount in every working environment and the results and any recommendations emanating from any investigation must be rigorously implemented and adhered to,” he said.

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