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Hunters hurt in falls from tree stands



PORTLAND, Ind. – For the second consecutive weekend, Jay County has been the scene of an accident involving a hunter falling from a tree stand.

According to an Indiana Department of Natural Resources release, Shawn Thobe, 44, of Fort Recovery, Ohio, on Saturday was climbing his “two-man ladder stand” when he slipped and fell backwards about 12 feet to the ground.

He was taken by ambulance to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, where he was treated for internal, back and rib injuries.


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Conservation officers were called to the scene – in the 4300 block of South Jay County Road 850-E – about 4:20 p.m.

They reported Thobe was wearing a safety harness at the time of the accident, but it was not attached to the tree when he fell.

On Oct. 21, Michael G. Lee, 48, of Bluffton, was injured when he fell about 30 feet from a tree stand in a woods near Pennville.

He was flown by air ambulance to Fort Wayne’s Lutheran Hospital where he was “diagnosed with a fractured vertebrae in his lower back,” a release said.

In that case, conservation officers said, moldy straps on the tree strand had snapped. Lee was not wearing a safety harness.

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