Fire Department rescues man who fell, broke ankle aboard ship at port of Baltimore

A worker was rescued after falling off a ladder into the hold of a ship at the port of Baltimore and breaking his ankle Tuesday morning, authorities said.

The incident happened just after 9:30 a.m. aboard the Intermarine Industrial Grace, a Liberian-flagged general cargo vessel at Dundalk Marine Terminal, according to port spokesman Richard Scher.

The worker, who was not identified, had been preparing to do work in a cargo hold on the ship when a ladder he was using slipped, causing him to fall about 6 feet, Scher said.

The fall left the man unable to walk, Fire Department spokeswoman Blair Skinner said, so a Fire Department special operations team rescued him from the ship and took him to a hospital for treatment. The rescue took less than half an hour, Skinner said.

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