LONG BEACH (CBSLA.com) — Fire crews Monday rescued a worker who fell into the cargo hold of a ship at the Port of Los Angeles.

Firefighters were called to 1001 New Dock Street about 11:45 a.m. following reports that a 57-year-old worker over 20 feet below deck into a “very small area” on a ship at Berth 209, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey.

The man suffered back and legs injuries after the fall, which was reported to have occurred among 60-foot-long steel pipes securely fastened in the ship’s hold at least two levels below deck, Humphrey said.

He was unloading the Panamanian-flagged “Navios Vector”, a 623-foot bulk cargo vessel, according to Humphrey.

About 60 LAFD personnel worked on the rescue, which took about two hours, Humphrey said.

The man was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment, according to Humphrey.

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