Coast Guard Responds to Crane Accident

ALAMEDA, Calf. – The United States Coast Guard responded to a call of a crane from one of the dry docks at BAE Systems Shipyard in San Francisco falling into the water earlier today.

The operator was retrieved from the water and transported to a local hospital by San Francisco Fire Department Paramedics.

A sheen was reported around the dry dock, prompting the Coast Guard to send two boats and a team of investigators to the scene. The boat crew confirmed there was a sheen.

The company, BAE Systems, deployed two of their own boats with crews trained in hazardous material response. Within 30 minutes of the incident, boom was laid around the dry dock, containing the sheen. The company’s crews worked to clean up the spill with oil absorbing material. The exact amount of fluid, or the type of fluid is not known.

In addition to the Coast Guard, investigators from the City and County of San Francisco as well as a warden from The California Department of Fish And Game were also on scene.

The BAE Systems has indicated it will also hire a third party to investigate this incident.

The incident is still under investigation.

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