- Associated Press - Monday, July 27, 2015

July 27—A man was airlifted to a Lehigh Valley Hospital Saturday after being bitten by a poisonous snake on the Skytop Lodge property.

It was the second time in five years that the victim has been seriously injured by a snake bite in Pike County.

Dan Marchione was on Skytop Lodge’s property in Pike County when he received multiple snake bites, said Douglas Hustad, general manager of Skytop. A call came in to Skytop’s security team at 11:30 a.m., he said.

Marchione had parked on the lodge’s property. They are still trying to validate if he was trespassing at the time, Hustad said.

Hustad said he didn’t know what Marchione was doing at the time of the bite, but said he knows his health was not good.

Marchione was not a guest of the lodge or the hotel at the time of the bite, Hustad said.

Two Department of Conservation and Natural Resources officials — a manager and search responder—were called to the scene by Pike County emergency dispatch, said Rex Bradish, park operations manager for Promise Land State Park.

Marchione was found around 1:30 p.m., and was taken out of the area by helicopter. Bradish said the situation was “pretty serious,” and that Marchione was not in a condition to say what he was doing at the time of the bite.

Hustad said Marchione was conscious when he was found. Monday Marchione was in stable condition at Lehigh Valley Hospital.

In 2011, Marchione was bitten by a rattlesnake about two miles from a main road in Greene Township. At the time he was hiking in a forested, rocky area between the state park and Skytop Mountain when the rattlesnake bit his hand. He was taking photographs of the snake at the time, he told the Pocono Record in a story about his dramatic rescue and recovery.

It took two hours to find him during that 2011 incident as well, and he was airlifted out of the area.

During that incident, he was given six vials of antivenom at Scranton Community Medical Center and then was flown to the PinnacleHealth Toxicology Center in Harrisburg, a hospital specializing in poisoned patients.

A lifelong reptile enthusiast, Marchione, now 60, caught garter snakes and milk snakes as a child. He ordered snakes through the mail and his parents drove him to Newark Airport to pick up his pet snakes.

As an adult, once every few years, the Newfoundland man said at the time, that he hikes deep into the woods and hunts for snakes to photograph.

His first reaction after the 2011 bite was to take pictures. The snake was moving around a lot.

“He crawled out from behind the rock. He was rattling the whole time. I wanted to make sure I got (pictures of) him, I was so excited that I found this snake, ” Marchione said in 2011.


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