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Fremont hunter rushed to the hospital after fall from tree stand

STEUBEN COUNTY, Ind. (WPTA21) – A Fremont hunter is recovering in the hospital after taking a 20-foot fall from a tree stand Tuesday evening.

Around 7:30 p.m. in the 1300 block of SR 120, Indiana Conservation Officers said 34-year-old Matt Goins was hunting in a wooded area behind his home.

He was up in a tree stand in a full-body safety harness.

Investigators said he unhooked the tether from the tree to climb down. When he stepped on the top set of climbing sticks, the strap became dislodged.

Goins took about a 20-foot fall to the ground.

From the base of the tree, he called his wife who then called 911.

Medics rushed him to a Fort Wayne hospital for treatment.

With Indiana’s deer hunting season now open, Conservation Officers remind hunters to always wear a full-body safety harness and lifeline system to prevent falls anytime their feet are off the ground when hunting from a tree stand, and to always check the condition of their equipment before using it.

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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