Lafayette man airlifted after tree stand fall

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WILLIAMSPORT, Ind. (WLFI) — A Lafayette man was injured after falling from a tree stand while hunting in Warren County Thursday.

Seventy-year-old James Hart was hunting in an area near 100 North and U.S. 41 when he fell about 25 feet from a hang-on tree stand about 3 p.m., according to a release from Indiana DNR Law Enforcement.

Hart fell after the straps of the tree stand broke. He was not wearing a safety harness.

Conservation officers said Hart was lying on the ground for five hours before his hunting partner discovered him. A call reporting the fall was received about 7:40 p.m. Officers located Hart just after 8 p.m.

Hart was airlifted to Indianapolis with a broken leg and ankle. Hart also suffered injuries to his head, back and shoulder.

Conservation officers said Hart’s condition is believed to be stable and encourage people to use safety harnesses whenever off the ground.