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Bow hunter injured in fall from tree stand

November 14, 2011

By Tom Plahutnik, WNEM.com

Huron County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched over the weekend to the scene of an accident involving a hunter who fell out of his tree stand.

Around 6 a.m. on Saturday, deputies were called to the scene of an injured bow hunter in the woods near Minden Road in Bloomfield Township.

Deputies say Jordon Grashik, 21, of New Baltimore, had fallen from a tree stand, which was located approximately 1/4 of a mile east of the road.

Grashik was hunting about 100 yards from his father, Martin Grashik, when the incident occurred. Grashik was transported to the Harbor Beach Community Hospital and later transferred to the Hurley Medical Center in Flint.

The sheriff's department says he sustained a punctured lung and other injuries from the fall.

Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson said the department's investigation of the accident has revealed that Grashik's tree stand was attached to a 70-inch in diameter tree and was about 15 feet off of the ground.

Hanson said in a news release that it appeared one of the fastening straps used to secure it was too weak. The stand apparently broke free after he sat upon it. Jordon was found shortly thereafter by his father.

Hanson asked that tree stand hunters periodically check their stands and securing devices to avoid accidents like this.

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