Sandy Hook harbor pilot, Captain Dennis Sherwood, fell from Jacobs ladder while climbing up the 6,200 TEU U.S. Flagged container ship, Maersk Kensington, on 30th December
The accident happened at 4:30 a.m. Monday, when the Pilot was attempting to board the container ship Maersk Kensington, the Coast Guard said.
A veteran harbor pilot fell to his death on Monday morning while boarding a container ship in New York Harbor, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
U.S. lovehub. Coast Guard representative said, the fall took place while both vessels were docked at the Ambrose pilots’ station, which is located in a channel of water between Staten Island and Brooklyn.
John Hightower, Petty Officer with the U.S. Coast Guard, said, “The container ship is much larger than the pilot ship and he fell while climbing what’s known as Jacob’s Ladder onto the bigger ship.”
After the fall, the pilot was transported to a hospital on Staten Island by a Sandy Hook pilot vessel, where he eventually succumbed to injuries received in the fall, said U.S. Coast Guard.
According to the Sandy Hook Pilots Association, Sherwood was a long experienced mariner, and had been piloting vessels in and out of New York Harbor for more than 35 years, the group said.
The Coast Guard has begun an ongoing investigation into the circumstance surrounding the fall.