Official Information Release, August 1st
On July 31st at about 4:45p the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a man trapped under a forklift in the water off Shell Avenue in Depoe Bay Harbor. Deputies responded along with the Depoe Bay Fire Department, US Coast Guard, Pacific West Ambulance and Life Flight.
Deputies determined that an employee of a seafood company in Depoe Bay was operating a forklift on a pier in Depoe Bay Harbor. The employee, a 47 year old man from Toledo, had backed through the protective wood barrier on the pier. The operator and forklift plunged down the embankment and into the water trapping the operator under the forklift. The operator was pinned above the water level with the forklift resting on his abdomen. Depoe Bay Fire Rescue used airbags to lift the fork lift off the operator. The man was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis via Life flight where he is expected to recover from a head wound.
The cause of the accident was not determined. The Occupant State Health Administration(OSHA) was notified for further investigation.
A forklift operator this afternoon lost control of his forklift on a boat ramp in Depoe Bay Harbor, off Shell, and is trapped under a portion of it. A good samaritan is holdingthe forklift driver’s head barely above the water. The driver is injured. Fire-Rescue is enroute.
Life Flight is being called to the scene. Coast Guard is on scene.
THE VICTIM HAS BEEN FREED! Victim is being loaded into an ambulance and will meet up with a Life Flight helicopter in about 6 minutes.