Firefighters hoist trapped Navy sailor to safety

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SAN DIEGO –A Navy sailor who fell Thursady into a ship that is under construction at BAE Systems in Barrio Logan later was rescued and taken to a hospital.

Firefighters and a specialized technical rescue team were sent to the business on Belt Street near Sampson Street after the accident was reported shortly before 9 a.m., according to San Diego Fire-Rescue Department Capt. Joseph Amador.

It took about 50 minutes for crews to lower a firefighter into the tight void space two decks down into the interior of the ship via a pulley system and hoist the worker to safety, Amador said.

The shipman was taken to UCSD Medical Center to be treated for major head and leg injuries, Amador said.