25-year-old industrial worker killed in fall at Bayonne Dry Dock, fire chief says


A 25-year-old industrial worker was killed in a fall at the Bayonne Dry Dock this morning and the incident remains under investigation by Port Authority police, according to Fire Chief Keith Weaver.

Photo courtesy of the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Weaver said in a statement that this morning at about 9:26 a.m. that the Bayonne Fire Department was dispatched to the Bayonne Dry Dock for an industrial accident.

“Arriving firefighters found a worker employed by a painting contractor, that fell approximately 35 feet down into a confined space, in the forward bow section of the USNS Red Cloud. The ship is in the dry dock for repair,” he explained.

“Firefighters set up for a technical rescue and descended into the hole, where the 25-year-old male worker was found unresponsive. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. The operation is ongoing as of this writing and the cause of this incident is under investigation by the Port Authority Police.”

This is the second incident in the past 24 hours that required Bayonne first responders to act, with a “stranded kayaker” being rescued Saturday afternoon.

The Daily Voice first made mention of the fatality this morning.

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