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Man injured in fall while on board USS Midway Museum

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A 71-year-old volunteer worker at the USS Midway Museum plunged from one deck of the retired aircraft carrier to another Thursday and became wedged in a hatch, necessitating a 45-minute rescue effort to free him.

The man took the fall shortly after 8 a.m. aboard the retired warship docked in the Embarcadero waterfront area, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

The accident left the victim stuck "essentially in a hole," requiring emergency personnel to carefully hoist him out, load him in a gurney and carry him up to the top deck of the 68-year-old vessel, SDFRD spokesman Lee Swanson said.

An ambulance crew then took him to UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest for treatment of injuries of undetermined severity.

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