ROSCOMMON COUNTY – On opening day of firearm deer season last week, an Almont man suffered injuries after a 25 foot fall from a tree stand and was airlifted to safety by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter.
According to Michigan State Police, the unidentified 61 year old hunter fell from his stand just before dawn on opening day, November 15, in the Dead Stream Swamp area near Houghton Lake in Roscommon County.
The hunter managed to reach for his backpack and retrieve his cell phone so he could call his brother and 911. Police were able to locate the man with his brother’s help.
The police requested an airlift from the U.S. Coast Guard in Traverse City as the hunter was located in rugged terrain far from a roadway. Police believed he suffered pelvic, back, and chest injuries in the fall.
In a video posted on the @USCGGreatLakes Twitter account, the hunter can be seen hoisted into the helicopter in a rescue swimmer. He was then transported to a local hospital. His current condition is unknown.