Today I was standing in Control on my Sub talking to the Commanding Officer about stuff when I heard the most disturbing noise that I have ever heard.
A guy had fallen down the Forward Logistics Escape Trunk. That is a fall of roughly 20'. He landed flat footed on a steel deck and the sound that I heard was his leg breaking.
This is a guy that is part of my crew and we go up and down these ladders on almost an hourly basis. It was a sobering sight seeing and hearing that happen.
Now for the good part. The federal fire department EMT's are experts in high angle rescues and they proved their expertise to me today. The had the guy stabilized and off of the boat in less than 20 minutes. The only knock on them was they didn't put him in a Cervical collar. Great bunch of folks and they def know their stuff.
Oh and for those that are concerned the guy is going to be alright. He goes into surgery in a couple hours to get it all fixed up.