Holland man Life Flighted after tree stand fall

Photo provided by Indiana DNR

By BILL POWELL
bpowell@dcherald.com

ARTHUR — Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a weekend fall from a tree stand that resulted in a Holland hunter being flown by helicopter to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville for treatment.

Officers report that Paul Moore, 77, of Holland, fell approximately 15 feet Sunday from a tree stand. The fall caused several broken bones and a collapsed lung, officers report.

A hunting partner heard him fall, officers say, and went back to his location and administered CPR.

First responders were able to get him to an ambulance where he was stabilized and transported to an area he could be transferred to a helicopter.

The incident took place on the Sugar Ridge Fish and Wildlife Area property north of Arthur around 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Officers say Moore was not wearing any type of safety harness when he fell and say he lost his grip as he was climbing into the stand, causing him to fall backward.

The State Department of Natural Resources said the accident was the seventh tree stand fall of this early deer season.

“Accidents happen, we understand,” the DNR posted on social media, “but when accidents can be avoided there is no excuse. We care about our fellow hunters and we want you to come home safe. By law, a full body harness is optional, by good safe hunting practices it is a must. If you won’t wear a harness for yourself, won’t you please wear it for us, other emergency responders and your family?”

Additional responding agencies in Pike County on Sunday included The Pike County Sheriff’s Department, Lockhart and Spurgeon volunteer fire departments and Pike County Emergency Medical Services.




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