PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - UPDATE 10/07/2019 4:05 p.m.:
The person involved in a traumatic incident at the Port of Panama City has died.
A statement from Wayne Stubbs, the Executive Director of Port of Panama City, said:
"There was a tragic accident on Sunday afternoon which resulted in the death of an employee of Tri-State Maritime. The accident occurred while Tri-State Maritime was loading containers on a ship named 'AAL Genoa.' Tri-State Maritime is a stevedoring company which provides handling services in Mobile, Panama City, and Pascagoula. There was an initial investigation of the accident by the Panama City Police Department and a more thorough investigation is being conducted by OSHA.
"Our heartfelt sympathies are with the family of the man that lost his life and with all of the Tri-State employees."
The Panama City Fire Department responded to a report of a traumatic injury at the Port of Panama City on Sunday afternoon.
Panama City Fire officials say Ladder Two, Tower One, and Battalion One responded. When they arrived, they were directed to a large commercial container vessel.
They say emergency care was provided immediately to the patient once crews made access. However, after packaging the patient, they were then lowered 50' from the vessel via an onsite crane.
From there, the patient was transported to a local ER.
The extent of the patient's injuries is unknown at this time. However, Panama City Fire officials added a reminder to everyone to ensure smoke detection devices are properly functioning.
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