Ore­gon hunter res­cued af­ter hang­ing up­side-down for 2 days

Ripon Bulletin - - Nation -

LA GRANDE, Ore. (AP) — An Ore­gon hunter who fell out of his tree stand and got tan­gled in his safety har­ness has been res­cued af­ter hang­ing up­side-down for two days about 30 feet (9 me­ters) from the ground.

The Union County Sher­iff’s Depart­ment says Thurs­day an­other hunter found the man and drove to a nearby high­way to get cell­phone re­cep­tion to call 911.

Res­cuers used a bucket truck and lad­der to reach him.

The La Grande

Ob­server re­ports that the man’s heart stopped beat­ing about halfway through the res­cue be­cause blood flow that had been cut off to his lower body was sud­denly re­stored.

Res­cuers were pre­pared for that pos­si­bil­ity and had es­tab­lished a land­ing zone for a he­li­copter to air­lift him to a lo­cal hospi­tal.

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