NJ: Delaware Township hunter, 61, medivacked after branch near tree stand breaks
October 21, 2010
Delaware Township hunter, 61, medivacked after branch near tree stand
DELAWARE TWP. - A 61-year-old Delaware Township man installing a portable
tree stand was medivacked Saturday afternoon after falling about 20 feet
when a branch broke under his weight.
Police said that Frank Yasunas had secured the stand and shifted to a
branch when the accident happened on the Kurzenberger Farm on Lambert Road.
Yasunas is one of several men who have permission to hunt on the
property. He was setting up the stand with Thomas Altvater, who called for
help. Rescue efforts were hampered by the remote location, which
necessitated clearing a path out of the woods for a stretcher, police said.
"It was a good thing he had someone with him. He always leaves his cell
phone in his truck," said police Sgt. Ed Ziolkowski of Yasunas.
The accident happened shortly after noon. The Stockton rescue squad and
paramedics responded, along with Sergeantsville and Amwell Valley volunteer
firemen and Sgt. Ed Ziolkowski.
The medical helicopter landed in a field. Yasunas was taken to the trauma
center at Capital Health System's Fuld hospital in Trenton, where police
said he underwent surgery for a broken back but is expected to recover.
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