Boom truck operator survives accident

Posted: Sunday, May 05, 2002

KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The operator of a 10-ton boom truck survived, as did his dog, after his truck fell into the water at a Ketchikan dock.

A Ketchikan Fire Department paramedic came to Brian Nicholas' aid, fastened a safety line around him and kept his head above the water until more help arrived.

Nicholas' boom truck -- a flatbed truck with a crane attached to the back -- was lowering a seine skiff into the water Thursday when it became unbalanced and fell off the dock.

Nicholas, 45, was taken to Ketchikan General Hospital. He asked that his condition not be released.

''The man suffered a broken femur and a severe laceration on his left arm,'' said Coast Guard Petty Officer Greg Wolfe.

Nicholas' dog was on the truck when the accident occurred. The dog was not hurt. Witnesses said the dog jumped from the truck as it plunged toward the water.

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