Bowhunter injured in hunting accident
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Media contact: Stan Kirkland, 850-265-3676
A Fleming Island resident was injured in a hunting
accident Wednesday evening, according to officials at the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).
John Whigham, 36, was injured in the Jennings
Forest Wildlife Management Area in Clay County during an archery
hunt with Randy Pritchard, 40, Middleburg.
The two men were hunting off Turpentine Road.
At approximately 7:30 p.m., Whigham was returning to Pritchard's
tree stand when he was shot with an arrow, investigators said.
Pritchard immediately helped his friend out of the
woods to an intersection to meet emergency medical personnel.
An ambulance then carried Whigham to Shands Hospital in
Pritchard remained on the scene and explained to
officials what happened.
Whigham's injuries were not life-threatening,
according to FWC officials.
Clay County Sheriff's Office personnel and Clay
County Fire and Rescue also responded to the scene.
FWC officials are continuing the investigation.