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Injured Hunter Flown to Trauma Center

web posted December 3, 2013

MERRIWETHER A husband and wife were hunting on Game Management land off Woodlawn Road Monday afternoon when the wife was exiting her deer stand as darkness fell and she lost her footing and fell 15 feet to the forest floor and severely injuring one of her lower legs. Her husband rushed to her aid and then called 911 for help. Edgefield County EMS and Merriwether Firefighters arrived on the scene minutes later. Merriwether's Fire and Rescue Remote Access Team were able to reach the injured hunter and bring her out to an access road.

Due the serious injuries an AirMed helicopter was called to fly the woman to the trauma center in Augusta. A landing zone was placed at the intersection of Woodlawn Road and highway 28. After the woman was extracted from deep in the woods she was transported by ambulance to the landing zone.

According to information available on the scene, after the hard fall, a portion of the lower leg bone (tibia) was said to have broken and was exposed after breaking through the skin not far above the ankle. It is unknown what other injuries the woman suffered.

Her condition at the time of transport was not available.

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has taken over the investigation into the hunting accident.

The custom designed equipment (above) used to extricate the woman from the wooded area was designed and built by a Merriwether firefighter due to the number of remote rescues on the FATS bike trails and was featured in a report by Edgefield Daily in 2011 when it was introduced by the fire department.

The company now has a shop in Edgefield building the rescue equipment and can be found on Highway 25 just past the DMV in a portion of Whites Auto Repair. Their website can be found at http://www.rescuewagons.com/


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