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A Waterville, ME man has filed a $3 Million maritime accident lawsuit after being left a parapalegic when he fell while repairing a tugboat.

Bruce Falconer’s spinal cord was injured while working on a tugboat owned by the New York Company, Penn Maritime, Inc.

According to

Falconer was carrying an engine part when he fell 14 feet through an open hatch and struck a railing.

The boat was in dry dock in Tampa, Fla., at the time.

Penn Maritime said it was not negligent because Falconer, and not the captain or other employees, was responsible for installing safety rails around the hatch.

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