SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) - Firefighters rescued an employee who suffered a back spasm while working on USS Russell at the Continental Maritime of San Diego on Bay Front Street in Barrio Logan.

The worker suffered the back spasm while he was working in a tight space, and his level of discomfort kept him from freeing himself from the space according to San Diego Fire-Rescue Batalion Chief Ted Moran.

 "It pretty much just took man power to get him out," Moran said. "We responded with resources that we could perform a technical rescue if need be, but after evaluating the situation, one of our rescue captains, again with the other rescue team that was on scene, decided that the best route of extricating the individual was just moving him laterally on the ship and then, through sheer man power, carrying him up a steep flight of stairs to get him out."

An ambulance waiting for the worker on the flight deck transported him to an area hospital in stable condition.

Continental Maritime of San Diego is a certified Master Ship Repair contractor for the U.S. Navy and Military Sealift Command.