COLUMBIA RIVER — A worker was rescued early Monday morning after he was injured on a bulk carrier anchored north of Astoria.

The man had fallen into a bilge while installing a recirculation system on the Ergina Luck, according to a Coast Guard press release. A Coast Guard team from Cape Disappointment, along with members of the Clatsop County high-angle rescue team, responded to the scene in a 47-foot lifeboat about 5 a.m.

After arriving, the man was unable to walk and had sustained injuries to his legs and back. The crew boarded the ship, immobilized the man, carried him up three sets of stairs and lowered him down to the lifeboat. He was then taken to shore to be treated.

The Coast Guard did not release the name of the man, only saying that he was an employee with Degesch America’s Portland offices. His condition is unknown and the cause of the incident is being investigated.

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