Hickory crew member killed in crane rollover on Homer Spit

Update: The U.S. Coast Guard on Thursday evening announced that the victim has died.

A crew member of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hickory has died in an industrial accident on the Homer Spit on Thursday.

The person was fatally injured when a crane rolled over and hit the person.

“A Coast Guard member assigned to the Coast Guard Cutter Hickory was reported deceased after an incident occurred on a Coast Guard facility in Homer,” Lt. Brian Dykens, Public Affairs Officer, 17th Coast Guard District, Juneau, said in a statement late Thursday. “We are saddened by the unexpected and tragic news that we lost a Coast Guard member today in Homer. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and shipmates, and appreciate privacy during this difficult time.”

The Coast Guard is notifying the next of kin and has not yet identified the victim.

Homer Volunteer Fire Department emergency medical technicians responded to the crane accident at about 1:50 p.m. Jan. 31. A large crane tipped over in the buoy yard for the Hickory near the Pioneer Dock. HVFD medics treated and transported the victim to South Peninsula Hospital, said HVFD Assistant Chief Dan Miotke.

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