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Hunter OK after hanging upside-down in tree

By Associated Press
Published On: Nov 15 2012 01:45:36 PM CST
BRUSH VALLEY, Pa. -

A 63-year-old hunter will be OK despite hanging upside-down after his tree stand broke in the western Pennsylvania woods.

Brush Valley assistant fire chief Al Pluchinsky says James Yoder, of Johnstown, was hunting with a partner in Brushvalley Township late Saturday afternoon when the stand broke. Yoder's feet got tangled and he was dangling about 15 feet off the ground, though his partner helped Yoder by trying to hold his head somewhat upright while they yelled for help.

One of Pluchinsky's firefighters, who lives nearby, heard the distress calls and called 911. Others arrived to search and they found Yoder and his partner a little after 6 p.m.

Yoder was treated and released for minor injuries at Conemaugh Memorial Hospital in Johnstown.

Brushvalley is about 50 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.