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December 12, 2018

Injured snowmobiler rescued from remote northern Saskatchewan location

A 22-year-old snowmobiler was injured by a tree branch in a remote area of northern Saskatchewan on Monday afternoon.

The injured man, who is from Wollaston Lake, was with three other adults and one youth. 

They were stranded at a cabin on a trap line. The cabin is on a small island one-mile north of Snowshoe Island on Wollaston Lake. 

The group boated to the trap line and had planned on staying for the next few weeks until the water froze enough to snowmobile back to Wollaston Lake.

A beach along the island’s shoreline was large enough to land a helicopter from Stony Rapids. However, the helicopter couldn’t fly at night so it arrived the next day with medical assistance. 

The injured man was transported to Wollaston Lake to a waiting medevac. 

The rest of the group stayed at the cabin. 

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Injured snowmobiler rescued from remote northern Saskatchewan location

Hiker dies after falling from treacherous Hawaii trail

(Reuters) – A hiker was killed and another person injured after they fell while hiking a notoriously difficult trail on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Friday.

A group of five people were hiking the strenuous Kalalau Trail, considered one of the most treacherous in the United States, late on Thursday when a 25-year-old man slipped and fell down rugged cliffs over the Na Pali Coast, the Coast Guard said.

The group called for help around 11:45 p.m. and Coast Guard teams, including a rescue swimmer, located the fallen hiker near the water, said Petty Officer Melissa McKenzie.

The rescue swimmer attempted CPR but the hiker, who was not identified, was pronounced dead at the scene. A second male hiker in the group sustained a severe leg injury falling from the trail and was transported by helicopter to a local hospital, McKenzie said.

The 11-mile trail takes two days to hike on average, with those granted permits to climb the path usually camping for one night along the way, Hawaii state park officials said.

It was unclear if the hikers were camping or still hiking after dark when the accident occurred, McKenzie said. A Kauai Fire Department helicopter hoisted the remaining three hikers off the trail on Friday.

(Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere in Seattle; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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Hiker dies after falling from treacherous Hawaii trail