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Crew member lifted ashore after accident

PUBLISHED: 16:13 20 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:21 03 March 2010

A MAJOR rescue operation swung into action at Ipswich Port when a crewman on a German container ship damaged his leg and had to be winched ashore.

A MAJOR rescue operation swung into action at Ipswich Port today when a crewman on a German container ship damaged his leg and had to be winched ashore.

The master of the ship, called the Werfen, radioed Orwell Navigation Service just after 8am this morning to say a member of his crew was in difficulty.

Within minutes a paramedic was called to Cliff Quay where the ship was moored and was lowered onto the vessel.

The casualty and paramedic were then brought back to shore and into the care of a waiting ambulance crew.

It is believed that the man slipped over on board and broke his leg. He was taken to Ipswich Hospital accompanied by two other crew members.

A spokeswoman for Associated British Ports said: "Everybody worked well together and hopefully the man will make a full recovery."

A fire engine was also called to the scene but was not involved in the rescue operation.


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