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Man hurt in fall from tree stand while hunting

October 28, 2011

From News-Sentinel.com

A Columbia City man hurt his back and leg Friday morning after he fell from a tree stand.

Indiana Conservation officers report that Jason Branning, 36, was hunting from an elevated climbing stand around 8:50 a.m. Friday when cables securing the stand to a tree broke free. Branning and the tree stand fell 24 feet to the ground. He was able to use his cell phone to call a friend who was hunting nearby for help.

Emergency personnel from several agencies helped find Branning and move him out of the woods. He was taken to Parkview Whitley Hospital and later transferred to Fort Wayne Lutheran Hospital with leg and back injuries.

Branning was not wearing a safety harness while in his tree stand.

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