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Three men hurt in 20ft fall from crane into hold of a ship

By Eamonn MacDermott

Published 21/08/2015

Fire appliance at Lisahally Port yesterday
Fire appliance at Lisahally Port yesterday

Three men were injured when they fell from a crane into the hold of a ship.

The three were taken to hospital after the accident at Lisahally docks.

The incident was reported shortly after 10am, when emergency services were called to the port. The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) said medics assessed the men's injuries at the scene.

An Ambulance Service spokesman said: "NIAS attended an incident at Lisahally docks, where three men fell approximately 20 feet from the cradle of a crane into the hold of a boat.

"All were taken to hospital. One patient has back and neck injuries, a second man has back injuries and the third would be described as walking wounded."

Earlier, a Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) spokesman said: "Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service 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".

An investigation has been launched into the incident by the Port and Harbour Commission.

"We are aware of an incident at Lisahally Terminal this morning," a Port and Harbour Commission spokesman said.

"Three contractors have suffered a fall in the hold of a ship during a lifting operation. Emergency services responded and the men are currently being treated in hospital for their injuries.

"We will be carrying out an investigation into what has taken place," he added.

The Health and Safety Executive has also been informed of the incident and will be carrying out its own investigation.

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