Allendale hunter rescued from tree

4:14 PM, Oct 31, 2012   |    comments
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Bass River Recreation Area

ALLENDALE, Mich. (WZZM) Emergency crews in Ottawa County were able to rescue a hunter caught in a tree.

Matt Kelly was climbing down from his stand in Allendale Township, when his knee got stuck between some branches.

It started when he got to his tree stand and noticed his ladder was missing. He put on his harness and used a rope to climb 25-feet up the tree. He made sure his phone was in his pocket, even though the signal isn't good. "Last time I was out here I couldn't even send a text message."

About 45-minutes later, Kelly decided to quit. As he repelled back down, his knee got stuck in the tree. He was holding himself up, by the rope. "After about ten minutes of screaming, I was 1/2 mile out in the woods. I said, I don't think anyone heard me. So, I fished out my phone out of my pocket. I was able to get service and call 911."

Emergency personnel reached the woods in 15-minutes. They used the GPS on Kelly's phone to guide them to his location. "I was getting very weak. I was getting to the point, where I didn't think I could hold on anymore."

Matt was rescued from the tree and treated at the scene. He will no doubt be sore, but happy to be alive.

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