published Friday, September 9th, 2011

Man who dangled from ropes course for two days “very critical”

A sign reading "No Trespassing Please Keep Off All Challenge Course & Climbing Equipment Not To Be Used Without Supervision of Authorized Personnel" is nailed to a tree adjacent to the high ropes course at Greenway Farm in Hixson. Melvin Davis, 57, man was found hanging by his ankle two days after he fell from the course. He is in critical condition at Erlanger hospital.
A sign reading "No Trespassing Please Keep Off All Challenge Course & Climbing Equipment Not To Be Used Without Supervision of Authorized Personnel" is nailed to a tree adjacent to the high ropes course at Greenway Farm in Hixson. Melvin Davis, 57, man was found hanging by his ankle two days after he fell from the course. He is in critical condition at Erlanger hospital.
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A man who fell from a ropes course in Hixson and hung by an ankle for two days remains in very critical condition at Erlanger hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said today.

Melvin Davis, 57, was found on the course at 5051 Gann Store Road by a 24-year-old Thursday afternoon, police said. Davis had gone climbing on Tuesday when he fell and became tangled in the ropes, police said.

He suffers from leg, face, arm and back injuries, police said.

Family members are with him at the hospital, spokeswoman Pat Charles said.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.

about Joan Garrett McClane...

Joan Garrett McClane has been a staff writer for the Times Free Press since August 2007. Before becoming a general assignment writer for the paper, she wrote about business, higher education and the court systems. She grew up the oldest of five sisters near Birmingham, Ala., and graduated with a master's and bachelor's degrees in journalism from the University of Alabama. Before landing her first full-time job as a reporter at the Times Free Press, ...

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