Longshoreman Dies at Savannah Port After Car Falls in River

2 dead and several injured
Posted at 9:33 PM, Sep 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-07 21:33:00-04

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Officials say a dock worker died at the Port of Savannah after a car he was driving fell into the Savannah River.

The Georgia Ports Authority said in a statement the longshoreman was killed Wednesday morning at the port's Ocean Terminal.

Thomas Stokes III, president of the International Longshoremen's Association Local 1414, said the worker was helping load cars onto a cargo ship. He says the longshoreman was driving a car toward the ship when it plunged off the dock, but no witnesses reported seeing exactly what happened.

Stokes says two workers dove into the river and used a hammer and a knife to enter the car and puncture an inflated air bag pinning the longshoreman inside. He was pronounced dead at a hospital. His name was not immediately released.

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