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West Columbia hunter died from fall out of tree stand

December 27, 2011

From TheState.com

A West Columbia hunter was found dead in a section of Fairfield County woods Thursday morning after his tree stand failed.

Fairfield County Coroner Barkley Ramsey said 45-year-old Rodney Fredrick Waller, of Augusta Highway in West Columbia, fell approximately 30 feet to the ground when his tree stand broke around 7 a.m. Waller was hunting in a section of woods near Indian Hook Road, which is off Old River Road, Ramsey said.

Waller survived the fall long enough to place a cell phone call to his brother, who was in a tree stand some 300 yards away, Ramsey said. Waller reportedly told his brother he had fallen and that he was having trouble breathing. By the time his brother arrived at the scene, Ramsey said, Waller had died from injuries sustained in the fall. The brothers were about three miles deep in the woods, Ramsey said.

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