A maintenance worker was in stable condition Thursday (Nov. 14) after a 30-foot fall into a water tower in Port Fourchon.
Coast Guard Sector New Orleans evacuated the injured worker from the 145-foot-tall water tower Thursday evening (Nov. 14). He was later taken to University Hospital in New Orleans.
The man apparently lost his footing and fell 30 feet into the tower, receiving a significant gash on his head and possibly suffering a skull fracture, according to the Coast Guard.
A firefighter initially climbed into the tank to treat the man after the fall, the Coast Guard said. The Coast Guard Air Station was contacted by the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office, and deployed an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and crew to retrieve the man, according to the statement.
Air Station New Orleans pilot Lt. Ken Rockhold said the crew had to work within a “very, very small confined space” to rescue the worker. The man was hoisted by the helicopter from a 2-foot-wide catwalk on top of the water tower.
“Our frequent, standardized training really helps us out in these unique situations,” Rockhold said.