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Crane from Birmingham working on getting forklift out of marina

A crane was brought in from Birmingham to assist in retrieving a forklift from the Waterfront Marina in Florence.

Posted: May 25, 2018 4:52 PM

The owner of Waterfront Marina in Florence is recovering today after the forklift he was driving fell into the water.

The marina off of Florence Boulevard is still closed until crews are able to remove the forklift.

Kay Rollinson, the wife of the owner of Waterfront Marina tells WAAY 31 she doesn't expect it to take much longer before the forklift is completely removed, but it is definitely still a work in progress.

Randy Rollinson, the owner of the Waterfront Marina, was the one driving the forklift on Thursday when it fell into the water.
Rollinson was taken to the hospital with a head injury.

According to his wife, Kay, he is now back home after having 24 staples put in his head. She says he's actually back at the marina today, but he's watching the cranes work from a distance as he recovers.

Rollinson doesn't expect the accident to have much of an impact on their customers' Memorial Day weekend plans.

WAAY 31 spoke with one man who volunteers at the marina and keeps his boat here, and he agrees.

"They have got a second forklift and it's got the capabilities almost as great as this one right here that we're lifting out of the water. So, as soon as they get this one out of the water and secured, they can maintain their daily activities here. The gas pumps will be turned back on and people can have a good weekend, as long as the weather holds out," David Purser told us.

Kay Rollinson also told us the forklift should be out soon and the oil spill was pretty minor, so the clean up process won't take too long. She says she expects to open in the morning.

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