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RICHLAND, WA -- A Prineville hunter found hanging upside down in a tree, in eastern Oregon, is reportedly now in a drug-induced coma. The East Oregonian reports 70-year-old Eddie Voelker is in critical condition at a Richland, Washington hospital.

 

A family friend told the newspaper he underwent a procedure to relieve pressure on his brain; He was breathing on his own for a while but doctors put him back on a ventilator, Thursday.
 
Voelker was hunting alone with his dogs, near the small community of Ukiah. He fell out of a tree stand and became tangled in a safety harness. He reportedly hung upside down for two days, 30-feet up, before another hunter found him Tuesday and called for help. Rescuers had to use a bucket truck to bring the man down; he was taken by Life Flight to the hospital. 

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