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December 29, 2013

Man dangles from tree stand, uninjured

TERRE HAUTE — Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a tree stand accident on Saturday night involving a Brazil man, authorities said.

Ray Winnett, 59, of Brazil was treated for minor back pain, but was later released at the scene, after slipping and falling from a tree stand that caused him to dangle upside down approximately 25 feet off the ground for about 45 minutes, police said.

According to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Winnett was coming down out of his tree stand after hunting on private property near Greencastle Road in northern Morgan County. As he worked his way down the tree, the upper portion of his climber tree stand slipped, causing him to fall backwards. Winnett’s feet were still connected to the lower foot platform, so instead of falling to the ground, he was left dangling approximately 25 feet off the ground. He was not wearing a safety harness, police said.

Winnett was able to make contact with his stepson, who then called 911. The Hendrick’s County Rope Rescue Team lowered Winnett to the ground, police said.

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