RCMP have rescued a hiker along the Mantario Trail on Monday afternoon, marking the second time this Labour Day long weekend that search and rescue crews were called to the remote trail in eastern Manitoba.
The latest case involved a man who was hiking with two others when he experienced severe abdominal pain and called for help with his cellphone at around 9:30 a.m. Monday.
Police say the group of three from Winnipeg were on the trail near Moosehead Lake in Whiteshell Provincial Park.
"It was in a very rugged area where ATVs or even a helicopter couldn't get in," RCMP Const. Paul Human told CBC News.
"Basically what they had to do is find a body of water close enough [so] they could bring in a float plane and then hike it in to where this person was."
The man was airlifted from the trail, with the help of a float plane from Lac du Bonnet-based Adventure Air, and transported to hospital.
RCMP said two men from Winnipeg were rescued near Ritchie Lake on Sunday afternoon, after one of them was injured while hiking on the Mantario Trail.
The injured man in Sunday's incident was also airlifted from the trail and taken to hospital in Lac du Bonnet.
Human said what helped in both rescue missions was that both people had technology with them so they could call for help.
"Both rescues that we did, with the one from yesterday and the one from today, they both had cellphones where they could make contact with emergency services for help," he said.
RCMP have some other safety tips for those planning to go hiking:
- Let people know in advance where you are going and when you're expected to arrive at your destination.
- Check local weather conditions for the duration of your hike.
- Bring food, water and provisions to build a fire.