Retired Deputy Rescued After Accidental Shooting In Oconee Count - WSPA.com

Retired Deputy Rescued After Accidental Shooting In Oconee County

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A retired Pickens County Sheriff's deputy was rescued from Oconee County after accidentally shooting himself while hiking. A retired Pickens County Sheriff's deputy was rescued from Oconee County after accidentally shooting himself while hiking.
Mountain Rest, SC -

A man was rescued after he accidentally shot himself in the Sumter National Forest in Oconee County.

Oconee County Emergency Management Director Scott Krein said that emergency services responded to Yellow Branch Trail, just off of Highway 28, in Mountain Rest, after receiving a call that a 74-year-old man had accidentally shot himself while hiking in the woods. Once they arrived, they hiked two miles into the woods and determined that due to the severity of the man's injuries, he needed to be hoisted out of the woods.

According to Krein, 20 rescue personnel from 11 agencies managed to take the man to an area where he was transported by a Black Hawk helicopter to a nearby landing zone so he could be airlifted to Greenville Memorial Hospital. The victim's injuries were not considered life threatening.

Krein said that all of the personnel and agencies involved, played a crucial role in helping save the victim. The victim was a retired deputy from the Pickens County Sheriff's Office, a spokesman for the sheriff's office stated.

 

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