June 6, 2014 12:20 pm
Updated: June 6, 2014 12:24 pm

Hiker rescued after falling through World War II-era bunker on Yorke Island

A rescue litter containing an injured hiker is hoisted into an RCAF Cormorant helicopter while it hovers over Yorke Island. The hiker had fallen while exploring a World War II-era bunker located on a rocky area of the island in Johnstone Strait, B.C. on June 5, 2014. She was subsequently flown to Campbell River and transferred to BC Ambulance.

Department of National Defence

A military helicopter had to be dispatched to rescue a hiker who had fallen on Yorke Island near north-east Vancouver Island on Thursday.

The hiker, a woman in her 60’s, fell while exploring a World War II-era complex located on the island.

It appears she had fallen through a hole in the top of a bunker.

She was on a remote and rocky portion of the island. Her fellow hikers used a cell phone to call for help.

BC Ambulance and Joint Rescue Coordination Centre attended.

Two search-and-rescue technicians were lowered by hoist approximately 80 feet from the hovering helicopter.

They treated the woman for possible head and chest injuries.

The woman was flown to Campbell River airport, where she was transferred to a BC Ambulance for transport to hospital in stable condition.

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