ST. CHARLES – 41 year old Scott Ferris of St. Charles died Saturday after
falling from a tree stand.
Ferris was in the process of climbing into the tree stand when the apparatus
fell beneath him. He was wearing a safety harness and was suspended above the
ground. The harness was the type that straps only across the chest rather than
fitting the entire body.
A neighbor heard his cries for help and upon finding him, returned home to get a
ladder. When he returned, the hunter was unresponsive.
Attempts to resuscitate Ferris were unsuccessful and the Madison County Medical
Examiner pronounced him dead at the scene. The cause of death is believed to
have been from suffocation.