LA GRANDE, Ore. – The Latest on an Oregon hunter who was rescued after hanging for two days from a tree 30 feet (9 meters) off the ground (all times local):
An Oregon hunter who hung upside-down in a tree for 2 days about 30 feet (9 meters) from the ground was "hollering" for help when two hunters found him.
The La Grande Observer reports that father-and-son hunters Steven and Joseph Royston heard 70-year-old Eddie Voelker yelling from a mile (1.6 kilometers) away and spent 1 ½ hours searching for him because they were not looking up.
The East Oregonian reports Voelker is in a drug-induced coma and is in critical condition with brain swelling.
Voelker fell from his tree stand and became tangled in his safety harness while hunting rural northeast Oregon earlier this week.
His heart briefly stopped beating during the rescue because he had been upside-down for so long.
A 70-year-old Oregon hunter who was rescued after hanging upside-down for two days about 30 feet (9 meters) from the ground is in intensive care in a drug-induced coma.
The East Oregonian reports Friday that Eddie Voelker, of Prineville, was on a ventilator and has had a procedure to relieve pressure on his brain.
Another hunter found Voelker suspended from the tree earlier this week.
Voelker had fallen from his tree stand and become entangled in his safety harness.
Crews used a bucket truck to reach him and his heart stopped during the rescue.
The newspaper reports that Voelker was flown to a hospital in Richland, Washington, where he remains in critical condition.
His family returned to the site to bring him his hunting dogs, which had remained with him.
Information from: East Oregonian, http://www.eastoregonian.com