Hiker in Pukaskwa National Park Airlifted to Hospital


A 60 year-old female has been transported to hospital for medical care after injuring herself while hiking at Pukaskwa National Park near Marathon.

On September 8, 2016, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) in Marathon was contacted regarding the activation of an emergency transmitter.  A female and male, both from Toronto, ON, were hiking the ‘Coastal Trail’ in the park, approximately 40km from Marathon, when the female fell during their lengthy hike and experienced non-life threatening injuries.

The OPP, with the assistance of the OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT), Marathon OPP Marine Unit, Joint Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC) Trenton, and the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) commenced an investigation into the incident.

The Marathon OPP Marine Unit and Parks Canada both left shore in their respective vessels with the intent of locating both hikers during the night.

Due to extreme wind and fog, both vessels had to return to shore, and JRCC sent a rescue aircraft to the location of the injured female.  Contact was made with her after aircraft staff dropped her a radio.  It was determined that in the totality of the circumstances, including her injuries, outdoors experience, hiking equipment  and the weather, the rescue would continue the following day during daylight hours.

On September 9, 2016, OPP ERT members, with the assistance of the MNR helicopter, attended the female’s location.  The Marathon OPP Marine Unit, attended to assist by vessel.

The female was located and subsequently transported by helicopter to Marathon for medical care.



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