Forklift tumbles into Bodkin Creek, crushing bow of cruiser it was to lift

July 12, 1999|By David L. Greene | David L. Greene,SUN STAFF

A 57,000-pound forklift lost its brakes and tumbled into Bodkin Creek in Pasadena yesterday, crushing the bow of a pleasure craft it was supposed to lift out of the water.

No one was hurt in the incident, which occurred at Pleasure Cove marina -- a 140-slip facility at the foot of Oak Road -- about 1 p.m.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Joseph Randazzo said the forklift fell about 5 feet onto the cabin cruiser. Two large cranes were being prepared yesterday to transport the forklift and boat out of about 4 feet of water to safer ground.

"The whole bow is pretty well under the forklift," Randazzo said. "It looks like the whole bow is history."

Anne Arundel County fire officials and Maryland Department of Natural Resources investigators also responded to the accident. Authorities did not identify the owner of the damaged 26-foot cabin cruiser.

A few gallons of hydraulic fluid were released into the creek, but were contained immediately, officials said.

Marina management could not be reached for comment last night.

Pub Date: 7/12/99

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