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Mediflight Transports Injured Standish Boatyard Worker

A 25-year-old man was air-lifted to Rhode Island Hospital this afternoon after a boat fell on him while working at Standish Boat yard.

UPDATE: A 25-year-old Standish Boat Yard employee was air-lifted to Rhode Island Hospital shortly after 5 p.m. after a boat fell on him, the Tiverton Fire Department confirmed.

According to Craig Committo, acting fire chief, the man sustained serious crushing injuries, including chest trauma after the 32-foot to 35-foot center console-style boat fell on top of him. Committo said the boat was estimated to weigh 5,000 to 8,000 pounds.

"The workers there [at Standish Boat Yard] actually did a tremendous job getting him out from under the boat," said Committo. "They were actually able to extricate him from under the boat."

Committo said workers used a fork lift to pick up the boat prior to arrival by Tiverton Fire Rescue crews.

According to Committo, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating what caused the boat to fall.

Mediflight helicopter picked up the injured man at the Fort Barton Elementary School on Lawton Avenue shortly after the accident ocurred.

"Tiverton Fire Rescue stabilized him for the mediflight to Rhode Island Hospital and packaged him," said Committo.

The man's condition is unknown at this time. Check in with Patch for more information on this breaking news story as it becomes available.

An earlier version of this story incorrectly listed the victim's age. Patch regrets the error.

Dan D July 23, 2012 at 09:52 PM
I saw the medflight come in and wondered what it was all about. I hope this young man recovers from his injuries.
Maria Bilyeu July 24, 2012 at 02:43 AM
I think I worked with this man's wife this past school year, does anyone know his condition.
Joe Sousa. July 24, 2012 at 03:07 AM
It's true we all complain about taxes ,but when you need help we expect it fast. Good Job Tiverton FD.
Cory P July 24, 2012 at 03:07 AM
Not sure yet. Not releasing much info.
Maria Bilyeu July 24, 2012 at 11:09 AM
Thanks Cory, I am waiting on news on my friends' condition.
Erin Tiernan July 24, 2012 at 02:27 PM
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Kate Schultz Hay July 24, 2012 at 04:02 PM
I heard that he suffered a bunch of broken bones, like ribs and pelvis, but he's expected to recover!!! I'm so happy for him. May he recover quickly!!
Cory P July 24, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Yeah well u should also take down the rude comments above then considering his friends n family are from town, n Craig tessin carma's a mf'r should watch what u say bout ppl u don't know! Don't b rude at a time like this!
Cory P July 24, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Karma*
Erin Tiernan July 24, 2012 at 04:44 PM
I put a call in to Acting Chief Committo this morning, he still has not heard any update on the man's condition and he is not releasing the man's identity yet.
Just Another Taxpayer July 24, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Hopefully .the person is okay. On less important note, I noticed Acting Chief Committo was referenced in the story. Is he filling in for Chief Lloyd while he is on vacation?
Denise July 24, 2012 at 06:06 PM
It would seem more likely that a strap or the staging that holds a boat out of the water could have let go, any number of problems that had nothing to do with him paying attention could have occurred. Before you randomly spout unkind statements, perhaps you should get the facts. He has been seriously injured and he has family and friends who are very concerned about him. How about a little compassion?
Erin Tiernan July 24, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Yes, Chief Lloyd will be on vacation until the end of the week.
Townie#6 July 24, 2012 at 07:11 PM
For the people who DO care about him, I am a very close friend of his and he is still currently in ICU... Has another surgery planned for Thursday. Please keep him and his family in all of your prayers, he has a long road of recovery ahead of him!!!!
Ralph Doliber July 27, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Please Get/Be Well !! Great job by the injured man's co-workers.. being able to get the boat off the poor guy without making it worse musta took some skill and precision.

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