UPDATE: Juvenile injured in tree stand accident

(Photo: Friendship Volunteer Fire Department)

(Friendship, IN) – We have an update on a story we told you about Monday.

Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating Saturday’s tree stand accident in Friendship that injured a male juvenile.

It happened around 4 p.m. on private property near the 6,000 block of County Road 800 South.

Conservation officers say the initial investigation revealed that the juvenile hunter was climbing into a tree stand when the straps securing the stand broke and caused the stand to fall from the tree.

The youth fell about 20 feet and suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

He was flown to a Cincinnati hospital in serious condition.

Assisting agencies included the Friendship Fire Department, Ripley County EMS, and PHI Air Medical.

Conservation officers remind Hoosiers that the most common hunting-related injuries are from accidents involving tree stands and elevated platforms.

All hunters should wear a full body safety harness when going up to and getting down from elevated platforms.

For more information, see hunting.IN.gov.

Original story published Monday, November 20, 2023 — 

(Friendship, IN) – It was a tough start to the local deer firearm hunting season.

A deer hunter was flown to the hospital after falling in the area of County Roads 800 South and 575 East in Ripley County Saturday afternoon.

The unidentified victim reportedly fell off a tree stand ladder and suffered significant injuries.

The patient was treated at the scene and carried to an ambulance that took him to the landing zone at the Friendship Firehouse.

The person was then flown to a Cincinnati hospital for further treatment.

Responding agencies included Indiana DNR Conservation Officers, the Friendship Volunteer Fire Department, Ripley County EMS, and PHI Air Medical.

Saturday was the first day of the 2023 Indiana deer firearm season, which runs through December 3.