Acushnet Hunter Suffers Minor Injuries in Tree Stand Accident
ACUSHNET — A hunter in the woods behind an Acushnet horse farm was rescued and taken to the hospital with minor injuries after finding himself in a precarious position early Monday morning.
Acushnet Fire Chief Thomas Farland confirmed scanner reports that a hunter was alone in the woods when part of the tree stand he was climbing broke on him just after 6 a.m. Monday.
He was able to use his cell phone to call for help while stuck upside down at the stand in the forest behind Summerwinds Farm at 1528 Main St., according to Farland and scanner reports.
Rescuers from the town's police and fire departments had to search in the woods for the man before dawn.
Emergency crews found him suffering from minor injuries and took him to the hospital "as a precaution," the chief said.
The hunter was not identified.
Farland noted that the accident was caused by a "mechanical failure" of the tree stand, an engineering term that basically means part of it broke — often due to a combination of excessive force, damage, or regular wear and tear.