Hunter Dies In Accident

November 6, 2011 Updated Nov 6, 2011 at 7:20 PM EDT

By WKBW News


Hunter Dies In Accident

November 6, 2011 Updated Nov 6, 2011 at 7:20 PM EDT

TOWN OF ALABAMA, NY ( courtesy: The ) A 42-year-old Niagara County resident died while hunting today in Alabama off Sour Springs Road.

The Sheriff's Office is not releasing the victim's name pending notification of all family members.

The cause of death has not been determined and the incident remains under investigation.

The hunter apparently fell 30 to 35 feet from a tree stand, according to Sgt. Steve Mullen, Genesee County Sheriff's Office.

The cause of the man's death may not be known until completion of an autopsy.

Emergency dispatchers received a call from Niagara County dispatchers at about 1 p.m. today reporting that a caller had parked a blue truck somewhere on Sour Springs Road and gone to a location in the woods where he had found his friend fallen to the ground from a tree stand.

The caller was performing CPR and could not immediately be reached by phone to better determine his location.

Volunteers from the Alabama Fire Department as well as Shelby and Akron were called to the scene.

Mercy Flight was dispatched immediately and assisted in the search for the victim.

It took rescuers 30 minutes to locate the hunter and his friend who had made the call.

Once the victim was located, Mercy Flight was put back in service and Sheriff's investigators and the coroner were summoned to the scene.