Crane topples in Washington boatyard

Jeremy Coburn, the operator of a crane that tipped over at the Port of Port Townsend Dec. 16, is recuperating at home, according to his employers at Craftsmen United Inc.

Coburn was using the company’s four-wheeled, 50-foot mobile crane to lift a steel mast from the commercial fishing vessel Marilyn J. White in an open area by Craftsmen United, near the intersection of 10th and Boat streets. At about 9:35 a.m. last Friday, the crane tipped to its right and toppled.

Coburn, who was in the crane’s cab, was reportedly extricated at 9:44 a.m. He was then transported by aid vehicle to Jefferson County International Airport, where Airlift Northwest took him to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Bill Beezley, East Jefferson Fire Rescue (EJFR) public information officer.

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Jessica Hathaway

Jessica Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman. She has been covering the fishing industry for 13 years, serves on the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s Communications Committee and is a National Fisheries Conservation Center board member.

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