Emergency personnel were called to the scene of the USS Midway Museum docked at San Diego’s Embarcadero on North Harbor Drive shortly after 8 a.m. Thursday after a man in his 70s fell down a flight through an open hatch, said San Diego Fire-Rescue Department Battalion Chief David Connor.
The man, a museum volunteer on the retired aircraft carrier, was working when he slipped and fell 15 feet from the second deck onto the third deck and was trapped in a hatchway.
Due to location where the man had fallen, firefighters could not easily reach him. An extensive extrication requiring hoists from a deck above where the man was confined was implemented. The entire extrication took 30 minutes.
The man was transported to a local area hospital with complaints of back pain. Further details of the extent of his injuries are unknown.