FL: Hunter bitten by rattlesnake near Okeechobee; rushed to coastal hospital
September 25, 2012
By Eric Kopp, FLorida.NewsZap.com
OKEECHOBEE—A Davie man had to be airlifted to a coastal hospital
after he was bitten on the foot by a pygmy rattlesnake while hunting
Sunday in the Starvation Slough Management Area.
to a hunting partner Nicholas Ryan Grubaugh, 23, was still in
Lawnwood Regional Medical Center as of Monday afternoon. Mr.
Grubaugh and Nick Dourque, 26, were deer hunting Sept. 23 in the
Mr. Dourque, who lives next door to Mr.
Grubaugh on S.W. Seventh Court in Davie, said the two men were
supposed to meet back at Mr. Grubaugh’s black F-150 Ford pickup
truck. But when he returned to the truck his friend wasn’t there.
A report by Deputy Rusty Hartsfield, of the Okeechobee County
Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) indicated that his office was contacted
about the snakebite victim by a dispatcher with the Highlands County
Sheriff’s Office around 3:27 p.m.
The report goes on to
indicate that Mr. Grubaugh was about 2 miles inside the hunting area
when he was bitten around 2 p.m.
Deputy Hartsfield’s report
stated that when he arrived he found that Mr. Grubaugh had applied a
tourniquet to his leg and that his foot was swollen and turning
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