deer archery season came in last Saturday, and Randolph County
started it out with a tree stand fall. I heard the first report of
this on a home scanner at about 8:45 a.m. The county emergency squad
was bringing in a victim to the hospital complaining of severe pain
in his lower back, hips and upper legs.
This person received
a fractured coccyx (tail bone), cracked pelvis and a punctured lung.
The distance of the fall was a measured 17 1/2 feet. Chances are,
this individual is out for this year's hunting season.
reports have indicated that as many as 500 hunters are killed each
year throughout North America involving tree stand falls. Another
5,000 to 7,000 are permanently disabled in some way and another
10,000 to 12,000 hunters have less serious injuries. The severity of
the injuries appears to be directly related to the distance of the
fall. However, even short falls (6 feet or less) can cause internal
injuries, spinal injuries, and death.
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