Injured hiker rescued at Bay of Fundy-area national park
A man was airlifted to Moncton hospital after he broke his leg at the Fundy National Park off the Fundy Footpath, N.B, on Friday evening.
According to Southeast District RCMP, police were called shortly after 7:00 p.m. with reports of an injured hiker.
A team of nine people were quickly dispatched from Greater Fundy Ground Search and Rescue and sent through the woods to locate the hiker.
“We sent a team under I would say extenuating circumstances because you go on through the darkness and you don’t really know where the trails or everything is,” said Philip Howe, search manager of GFGS.
He said the team was out for about seven hours, walking through steep declines and hills.
“The biggest problem is there’s a lot of roads that aren’t mapped out and it’s really hard for any emergencies who aren’t familiar with the area to get that deep through the forest,” Howe said.
The actual rescue happened at about 3:00 a.m. and the hiker was found on Little Salmon River.
The GFGS and police did not provide any information about the man.
“I don’t think people realize going along the Fundy Footpath how far they are from civilization, like how far they are from access and communications.”
A search-and-rescue operation was carried out by the Southeast District RCMP, Greater Fundy Ground Search and Rescue, fire services and the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Halifax.
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