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Safety Harness Saves Hunters Fall From Tree Stand in Leonardtown

LEONARDTOWN, Md. - On November 10, 2020, at approximately 6:15 a.m., units were dispatched to a high angle rescue on Poplar Hill Creek Lane in Leonardtown involving an injured hunter in a tree.

First arriving units found a hunter approximately 30 feet in the tree, up side down, and hanging from his harness after his stand had a malfunction and collapsed. 

The crew assisted with taking a 35' ladder, rope rescue gear, and additional manpower approximately a quarter mile off the road to the incident scene.  The crew ascended the ladder to create a high anchor point above the patient and utilized the Aztec kit to lower the patient. Once the patient was lowered to the ground, he was packaged and transported by UTV 5 to the waiting Ambulance. 

The Ambulance transported the patient to St. Mary's Medstar Hospital as a priority 3 patient.  Units cleared the scene at 8:30 a.m.

Units from Station 1, 6, 5, 7, 13, and Waldorf 1003 operated on the scene.

All photos courtesy of Seventh District Volunteer Fire Department

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