Injured hunter rescued after fall from deer stand in remote area

News-DemocratDecember 5, 2013 

A 75-year-old man was injured Thursday morning when he fell out of a deer stand near New Athens, police said.

According to Illinois Conservation Police Capt. Tim Daiber, the unidentified hunter's injuries aren't believed to be life threatening. However he laid on the ground for 30 minutes before he could get to his radio and call for help from his hunting partners. It took nearly two hours more for rescue workers to get to him and get him into an ambulance headed for the hospital.

"The accident happened at about 7:30 a.m. in the Kaskaskia Fish and Wildlife Area off Pike Sawmill Road south of New Athens," Daiber said. "He took a shot at a deer and the top part of his climbing stand collapsed and he fell out of the tree. He was not wearing a safety harness."

At the time of the fall freezing rain was falling in the area and the temperature was about 30 degrees.

Rescuers reached the victim by boat and took him to the Peabody River King Dock which usually handles coal and grain. But on Thursday it was used to take the hunter from the water to a waiting ambulance.

Contact reporter Scott Wuerz at swuerz@bnd.com or call 239-2626.

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