WV: Fallen hunter rescued 1 mile deep in woods



A hunter who suffered “severe injuries” after falling from a tree stand a mile deep into the woods was rescued this week by the Belington Volunteer Fire Department and other first responders, officials said..

At about 5:46 p.m. Tuesday, the Belington VFD “was dispatched for a search and rescue in the area of Dunham Cut road on the outskirts of Belington. Upon arrival, it was determined that calls for help had been heard coming from a wooded area by community members,” according to a Belington VFD media release.

Firefighters “immediately established a command post and requested assistance from Junior, Philippi and Coalton fire departments, who responded with side by sides and personnel,” the release states.

Belington VFD “personnel entered the woods in an effort to located the source of the calls for help. After trekking through over a mile of densely wooded trails in a remote area, a hunter was located who had fallen over 20 feet out of his tree stand and suffered severe injuries.

“Paramedics from (Belington VFD) and Belington EMS began life-saving emergency medical care for the patient, while our mutual aid departments brought the necessary equipment in via side by sides,” the release continues. “Once the patient had been stabilized, he was transported by side by side to (a landing zone) in a nearby field where he was flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital by HealthNet helicopter.”

The named of the injured hunter has not been released. The family reported that on Wednesday he underwent surgery at Ruby Memorial Hospital, according to the Belington VFD release.

“This incident could have had a more grim outcome if it wasn’t for the quick thinking of community members Brad Dumire and Brian and Tammy Ross, who, after hearing the calls for help coming from the woods, called 911,” the release states.

“Even after rescue personnel arrived on scene, community members Seth Ross, Jon Wright, and Joe and Whitney Hymes assisted responders by opening gates and allowing full access to their land, which helped emergency responders save precious time in locating and transporting the patient. Community member Aaron Yeager also assisted responders in the rescue effort.”

Belington VFD officials thanked the other first responders and the public for their help in the rescue effort.

“Belington VFD, Belington EMS, Junior Fire Department, Philippi Fire Department, Coalton Fire Department, Barbour 911, Barbour County Sheriff’s Department, WV State Police, WV DNR, HealthNet, and most importantly our community came together as a team to accomplish a great rescue and showed that neighbors still help neighbors because they care,” the release states.


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