West Columbia hunter died from fall out of tree stand
December 27, 2011
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
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