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OH: Marblehead man hurt in hunting accident

October 20, 2008

BAY TOWNSHIP — A Marblehead man was injured Saturday morning in a gun mishap when duck hunting with his son in Sweeney Marsh, according to a report from the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

John T. Clemons, 59, was hunting with his son from a boat around 10:15 a.m. when the incident occurred, the report says.

According to the report, Clemons had fired his shotgun several times Saturday morning before firing a shot that exploded the barrel and injured him.

Clemons’ son Jason took his father to shore by boat and met EMS crews, who transported Clemons to Magruder Hospital, according to the report.

Investigators from the sheriff’s office determined that a defective shell had misfired, causing a wad to lodge in the barrel and block the next shot, the report says.

A person answering the phone at the Clemons residence refused to comment and hung up. 

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