Marina Worker Loses Legs In Forklift Accident

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Associated Press Release

HERNANDO BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- A Tampa Bay area marina worker lost both of his legs after a boat forklift overturned.

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office reports that the forklift was approaching a seawall at Blue Pelican Marina on Thursday when it struck 54-year-old James Runyan, who was standing on the dock. Hernando Today ( ) reports that the forklift fell into the water, where it had Runyan pinned against a fence.

Hernando Beach Fire Department responded to the marina, and rescuers were able to get Runyan out of the water. He was airlifted to a nearby trauma center in critical condition.

The sheriff's office reports that the workers were completing work on a private boat launch. They are still investigating.


Information from: The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune,

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