A fall left a hunter 30 feet under a tree in South Carolina, officials said.
The man had chest pains as crews rushed to find him on Saturday, September 17, according to the Clio Rural Fire Department.
Initially, officials said a call came to them that the man was in distress “somewhere in the woods”. But the hunter’s son then phoned to help rescuers find them.
“The victim was quickly located and found lying in a ditch after a 30′ fall,” firefighters wrote in a Facebook post.
The hunter was taken out of the woods in an ambulance before being airlifted to hospital, officials said.
“Safety note to all hunters, please use a body harness and let someone know your exact location with a time to wait home,” the fire department wrote on Facebook. “Be careful. We all wish the patient a speedy recovery.
If you have an emergency and can access a cell phone, officials recommend trying to share your location via text.
“Often in a fall or wreck you cannot find or use your phone,” the rescuers wrote. “Or you could be unconscious. It’s like a flight plan or a float plan, make sure someone knows where you are and when you need to be back. ”
The Clio Fire Department said it assisted the Blenheim Volunteer Fire District during the rescue. Both agencies are in Marlboro County, about 85 miles northwest of Myrtle Beach.