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Hunter hurt in fall from tree stand in Scott County

November 19th, 2013 10:09 pm by Wes Bunch

Hunter hurt in fall from tree stand in Scott County

DUFFIELD — A Southwest Virginia man was taken to an area hospital for treatment Tuesday after he was injured in a hunting accident in Scott County.

Gary Sloan, 57, of Duffield, was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport for treatment for hip and other injuries he suffered after falling out of a tree stand Tuesday morning.

The injuries were believed to be non-life threatening.

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Director of Outreach Lee Walker said Sloan was not wearing a full-body safety harness at the time of the incident.

According to the VDGIF and Duffield Volunteer Fire Department, authorities were notified shortly after noon Tuesday  of a hunting-related accident in the Speers Ferry  area near Duffield.

Rescuers said Sloan was attempting to exit a ladder stand located 12 to 14 feet up a tree when  he slipped and fell to the ground.

Two friends that were hunting with Sloan reportedly found him and called 911 after hearing him shout for help and fire his gun several times in succession. 

For more on this story read Wednesday's print edition of the Times-News or the expanded e-edition.

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