Woman dies at Port of Oakland

August 24, 2008 3:04:22 PM PDT
A 77-year-old Oakland resident apparently fell off a container ship while he was working in the Port of Oakland and drowned Saturday night, said U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Thomas Shay

Delmont Blakeney was reportedly trying to free a cargo container off his vessel when it broke free and knocked him into a rail, throwing him overboard just before 11 p.m.

Crewmembers threw Blakeney a lifesaver but he lost consciousness, Shay said.

He was reportedly pulled to shore, given CPR and transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.