A 25-year-old worker died Sunday when he fell 35 feet into a fuel tank on a ship docked at the Bayonne waterfront, responders said.
What began as a rescue operation shortly before 9:30 a.m. soon turned into a recovery at the Bayonne Dry Dock on Port Terminal Boulevard, they said.
“Arriving firefighters found a worker employed by a painting contractor [who] fell approximately 35 feet down into a confined space in the forward bow section of the USNS Red Cloud," Bayonne Fire Chief Keith Weaver. "The ship is in the dry dock for repair.
“Firefighters set up for a technical rescue and descended into the hole, where the 25-year-old male worker was found unresponsive," Weaver said.
He was pronounced dead at the scene around 10:15 a.m.
Port Authority police were investigating.
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