, Gloucester, MA

September 22, 2012

Fisherman in hospital with hurt back

Fell 14 feet from ladder to deck

By Steven Fletcher
Staff Writer

---- — A man paramedics rushed to the hospital after he fell 14 feet, injuring his back on a fishing vessel Thursday night, was in “fair” condition at Lahey Clinic in Burlington on Friday.

Crew on board the fishing vessel Venture asked that an ambulance meet the boat at the Jodrey State Fish Pier at 10:30 p.m. Thursday. Police and paramedics responded, and the Venture crew led them onto the boat and to the man, David Peppard, 53, of no known address, who was lying on his back on the deck. They told the emergency personnel that Peppard had fallen 14 feet from a ladder onto the deck.

He had a laceration on the back of his head from the fall, and told paramedics that he couldn’t move his feet or back.

Paramedics initially took him to Beverly Hospital. He was evaluated there and then taken to Lahey.

Crew members said he fell from the ladder while the boat was loading ice at Cape Pond Ice, off Commercial Street. They rushed the boat back to the fish pier after Peppard fell and met paramedics there.

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