NANTUCKETT, MA. – A seaman employed by Toscana Corporation barge was injured Tuesday, December 18, after being pinned between a barge and Steamboat Wharf and then falling into the freezing water. The incident occurred as workers on the Toscana Corporation barge were attempting to untie the vessel after unloading material at the wharf in rough weather, Detective Lt. Jerry Adams said. Other Toscana employees were able to get the man out of the water as police and EMTs rushed to the scene.
The victim was placed on a stretcher after his coworkers pulled him from the water. He was taken to Nantucket Cottage Hospital.
Just after 5 p.m. Tuesday, NCH spokesman Bill Ferrall confirmed the man was flown by a Coast Guard jet to the Boston hospital, and listed him in serious condition.
According to emergency radio transmissions, the victim briefly lost consciousness, but was able to respond to EMTs and police officers at the scene.
The incident remains under investigation.