MI: Oceana County deer hunter hospitalized after fall from tree stand
October 5, 2010
Oceana County deer hunter hospitalized after fall from tree stand
OCEANA COUNTY - A 49-year-old Oceana County deer hunter was in fair
condition Monday in a Grand Rapids hospital with injuries suffered when he
fell while climbing from his tree stand on Friday - opening day of bow
hunting season, authorities said.
Edward VanderZanden, 2116 W. Monroe, had to be taken by Aeromed
helicopter from an area near 88th Avenue between Monroe and Madison roads in
Weare Township to Spectrum Health hospital, said Oceana County Sheriff's Lt.
Mast said alcohol is believed to be a factor in the 8:15 p.m. incident
that occurred when VanderZanden was climbing down from his tree stand, which
is 20 to 25 feet off the ground.
"While trying to exit the tree, he fell and landed on his back," Mast
said. "The area was surrounded by small downed trees and branches. He landed
on a branch on the ground."
It wasn't clear whether VanderZanden was hunting alone when the accident
occurred, Mast said.
A 911 call about VanderZanden's accident was made by someone who lives
near the hunting area on 88th Avenue, Mast said.
Oceana Emergency Medical Service and Pentwater Rescue assisted at the
scene, Mast said.
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