Injured Fisherman Stuck in Hold After Fall on Board 

On Dec 11, 2017, a fisherman aboard the “Lae Divinge Aman” fell from the deck into the hold of the trawler off the coast of Port-en-Bessin-Huppain (Calvados) in heavy swell in the storm Ana. The man was injured and found himself stuck in a very small space inside the hold.

The trawler was fishing scallop shells near Bayeux when the accident happened around noon. The ship returned to Port-en-Bessin-Huppain around 2:30 p.m., where the victim was taken care of by the fire rescue. But the intervention turned out to be more complicated than expected.

With the corridor of the hold being very narrow, it was impossible to place the wounded on a stretcher. The firefighters of the Groupe de Reconnaissance et d’Intervention en Milieu Périlleux (GRIMP) then intervened with a specific stretcher with which the man could be pulled through a hatch vertically.

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The man in his forties had suffered a fracture and back pain. He was taken to Bayeux Hospital.