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VA: Man falls on hunt

January 18, 2011

On Jan. 4 a hunter, his wife, and his father-in-law were coon hunting above an old rock quarry.
“I had borrowed a friend’s blue tick coon dog,” the hunter said. “The dog went down the side of the cliff and landed on a ledge. It couldn’t get back up.”
While attempting to attach a rope to a clasp on the dog’s collar, the ground gave way. He plunged 322 feet down into the darkness.
“I finally fell against a tree with my leg twisted behind me,” he said. “My foot caught on a tree. I had a dip of snuff in my mouth when I fell. I never lost a drop of it.”
Rescue workers tried frantically to reach the hunter, though they did not have enough rope to throw down to the ledge where he was hanging on for dear life.
Finally, A tree trimming service was contacted. The company sent a worker and three 100-steps of rope latched together to reach the fallen hunter.
“I was stuck on that ledge for two hours,” he recalled. “I could feel myself slipping. I kept thinking how bad is it going to hurt when I hit the bottom. I knew I was on my way to being dead.”
He was pulled to safety and transported to the hospital emergency room for examination. Despite the ordeal, he suffered no serious injuries and was released.
The coon dog got off its ledge and was home the next day.  

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