Worker falls from scaffolding into River Hull dock
FIRE crews had to carry out a dramatic rescue after a worker fell from scaffolding into a dry dock in Hull.
The man, 40, was working at a compound, off Lime Street in east Hull when the accident happened.
It is unclear how far the man fell but firefighters had to carry out a delicate operation to rescue the victim.
The man had been carrying out work on the scaffolding in a dry dock next to the River Hull at about 1pm on Saturday when he fell.
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It is not know what company he was working for at the time of the accident.
Firefighters had to use a basket stretcher with rope rescue equipment to bring him back up.
A spokesman for Humberside Fire and Rescue Service said: "Our crews assisted paramedics so the man could be treated and taken to hospital.
"We had to use a system of ropes to bring him up.
"We are not sure what his condition is but he was breathing and conscious when we got him back up.
"After initial treatment and oxygen therapy, he was taken to Hull Royal Infirmary."
Lime Street, which runs along the River Hull, is home to a series of engineering, construction, joinery and scrapyard compounds.
A worker based nearby was having a break when the fire engines arrived.
He said: "I saw the fire engines parked up the street and thought something serious must have happened. I didn't know the guy but I hope he is ok."
The victim remains in Hull Royal where his condition is unknown.
Rope rescue is a technical rescue that involves the use of static nylon ropes and the use mechanical hauling systems and other specialist equipment to reach victims and safely recover them.
Basket stretchers are used to haul casualties up after they have fallen.
They are particularly good at protecting the victim from bumps and knocks during rescue.
• We have been asked to point out that this incident was not connected to the engineering firm of A & E Woodward based in Lime Street. We are happy to clarify this matter.