Man falls from scaffolding on Front Street

A 70-year-old man was seriously injured when he fell from scaffolding on to his head on the sidewalk on Front Street in Coupeville Thursday.

The man was unresponsive and not breathing when units were dispatched to a CPR in progress, according to Capt. Jerry Helm of Central Whidbey Fire & Rescue.

The Coupeville Marshal arrived first, hooked up his automated external defibrillator, or AED, and delivered a shock before paramedics from WhidbeyHealth Medical Center arrived, Helm said.

WhidbeyHealth paramedics arrived and started IV's and an airway tube, Helm said.

The fire department arrived next and managed compressions and patient packaging for transport.

The accident occurred in front of the Vail Wine Shop, where cedar siding is being replaced.

The man, who had apparently passed out while on the scaffolding, was transported with a pulse to the nearby hospital.

A helicopter was seen landing at the hospital late Thursday afternoon, possibly for transporting the patient off-island.

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