A 69-year-old Baltimore man was killed yesterday afternoon when he fell from the tree stand he was repairing in Dorchester County, the Maryland Natural Resources Police reported.
Emmanuel Pikounis was with three employees in Vienna preparing a cabin and the tree stand for deer season. Witnesses said that as he climbed a ladder into the stand, the top step gave way as he reached for it and Pikounis plunged about 15 feet head-first to the ground.
The employees attempted to revive him and called 911. Pikounis was taken to Dorchester General Hospital in Cambridge, where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy by the State Medical Examiner is scheduled for today in Baltimore.
DNR reminds hunters to carefully inspect all tree-stands and always wear a full-body safety harness when entering, leaving or in the stand. The Department strongly recommends using a sliding knot, commonly known as a prussic knot, attached to a line that is secured above the stand that allows the hunter to be safely tethered to the tree as soon as they leave the ground. Hunters are urged to view the treestand tips and safety video.