A boom truck fell over onto its side at the T-Dock in front of Icicle Seafoods in the small boat harbor Tuesday May 8, killing the boom truck operator, Felix Morales, 52, of California. The tip of the boom arm punctured the deck of the MV Kaylor T, which it had apparently been either loading or unloading when the truck fell over. Morales was thrown down onto the deck, and died instantly.
The Seward Police Department, Fire Department, Seward Volunteer Ambulance Corps, and Bear Creek Volunteer Fire Department responded to multiple 911 calls for help at 9:00 a.m. They used two loaders to try to stabilize the truck, and workers raced against the receding tide to upright it before it fell 20 feet onto the boat below, according to a press release by the Seward Police. Two deck hands aboard the boat who witnessed the accident were visibly shaken but unhurt. Local observers said the crane’s arm was fully extended. Boom trucks are commonly used to transfer loads from the dock onto boats. The industrial accident is pending an investigation by OSHA. Morales’ next of kin were identified.