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.”
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
Finally, A tree trimming service was contacted. The company
sent a worker and three 100-steps of rope latched together to reach the
“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
The coon dog got off its ledge and was home the next day.
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