Tippecanoe man in serious condition after falling from tree stand

By: Newscenter 16 staff Email
By: Newscenter 16 staff Email

A Tippecanoe man is in serious condition after a tree stand fell in Marshall County.

It happened around 9:20 a.m. on Sunday, when Indiana Conservation Officers responded to a rural area near Tippecanoe in Marshall County, where a man had apparently fallen from a tree stand.

54-year-old Rodney Kreft was deer hunting from an elevated tree stand when the stand broke. Kreft fell 24 feet onto the ground. The tree stand had apparently been left in the tree for several years.

Kreft, who was not wearing a safety harness, was airlifted to Memorial Hospital for serious injuries to his spine.

So far this year, Indiana has had 11 falls from tree stands resulting in serious injuries. Indiana Conservation Officers would like to remind all hunters inspect their equipment regularly and that the use of a Fall Arrest System (FAS) while hunting from elevated positions greatly reduces the risk of serious injury from falling.

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