Soldotna man dies from injury sustained on barge

Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2002

A Cook Inlet Spill Prevention and Response Inc. worker died Saturday from wounds sustained while working on a barge Thursday morning in Nikiski.

Jon Mudrick, 31, of Soldotna, was killed after being struck in the head by a large steel cable.

According to CISPRI General Manager Doug Lentsch, two barges were being prepared for removal to Seldovia for the winter when the accident occurred. Mudrick was operating a cable winch attached to one of the boat's two anchors when the cable apparently came loose and hit him in the upper body.

Lentsch said workers on the scene initially performed first aid on Mudrick until Nikiski paramedics arrived. Mudrick was transported by ambulance to Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna, then flown to Providence Hospital in Anchorage, where he died Saturday as a result of his wounds.

Lentsch said CISPRI is conducting an internal investigation into the cause of the accident.

The U.S. Coast Guard also is investigating.

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