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Bow hunter fell 35 feet to his death from tree stand off Sour Springs Road, Alabama
Submitted by Howard Owens on November 6, 2011 - 6:16pm
UPDATED 7:25 p.m.
A 42-year-old Niagara County resident died while hunting today in Alabama off Sour Springs Road.
Charles E. Sossong, of Lockport-Olcott Road, Newfane, was not wearing a safety restraint while in a tree stand that was 35 feet off the ground, according to Sheriff's Office investigators.
Sossong was pronounced dead at 3:11 p.m. by Genesee County Coroner Christine Flanagan.
His body was first found by a friend at the base of the tree.
An investigation revealed the tree stand was still affixed to the tree.
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.
Alabama fire personnel were on scene for about three hours.