Climber rescued from 25 feet up in tree

A man helping a friend remove a tree had to be rescued May 21, 2020, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, after he was struck by a limb and injured 25 feet up.

The victim, a friend of the homeowner, suffered blunt-force trauma and was stuck in the tree.

Fortunately, several of the responding Ann Arbor firefighters are members of the Washtenaw County Technical Rescue Team, with specialized training in dealing with such rescues.

While the injured man wasn’t pinned by the limb, crews had to stabilize the patient and set up a rope system, while others cleared the area and braced a ladder.

Based on the type of climbing and tree-trimming equipment the man had, he seemed to have experience, but he wasn’t doing it as a contractor, a fire department spokesperson said.

Once down from the tree, the man, who was conscious and alert throughout the entire ordeal, was transported in stable condition to the University of Michigan Hospital, according to a report from The Ann Arbor News and mlive.com.

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