Hunter injured in fall from tree near CR 379
by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor
A 52-year-old Eastpoint man suffered several broken bones when he fell an estimated 15 to 18 feet as he descended from a tree stand Monday afternoon in the Apalachicola National Forest.
David Brown was ending a day of hunting in the area of CR-379 and FR-109 around 4:30 p.m. when he started to climb down untethered and apparently slipped and fell, according to Lt. John Summers of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office.
Brown was able to use a portable radio he was carrying to contact a relative who then called 911. The isolated area does not have cell phone service.
Liberty County EMS and deputies responded and located Brown around 6:30 p.m.
Efforts to remove him from the scene by emergency helicopter were hindered by low visibility due to smoke from a prescribed burn just north of Orange.
Summers assisted the EMS crew as they moved the injured man into a pickup truck and then drove him out to a main road where he was transferred to the ambulance. The ambulance then took him to the landing zone in Bristol, where he was picked up by helicopter and flown to Bay Medical Center in Panama City.
His condition was listed as stable Tuesday morning.