Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a tree stand accident which occurred this morning on the Tri County Fish and Wildlife Area near North Webster.
Clarence “Daven” Gasaway, 15, of Warsaw, was hunting deer when part of his deer stand broke causing him to fall backward and become stuck upside down in the remaining foot platform of his stand.
Gasaway was hunting with a friend, Scott Wharton, and they were in nearby trees 24 feet off the ground and approximately 15 yards apart. Gasaway began to descend when the top portion of his tree stand broke causing him to be thrown backward. Gasaway found himself hanging upside down with his feet and lower legs still attached to the foot platform of the stand.
Gasaway was not wearing a safety restraint harness or fall arrest system of any kind.