STARS was dispatched at about 2 p.m. to a location on the Mantario Trail, north of West Hawk Lake. A woman hiker in her 30s sustained a leg injury and required medical assistance.
This is a case of using the helicopter for remote access, said a STARS official. Alternately, it would have taken several hours for a ground crew to reach the patient, move her out of the forest and to a hospital, he said.
She was transported to Bethesda Regional Health Centre in Steinbach.
The Mantario Trail starts just off Highway 312 near Caddy Lake and West Hawk Lake, and extends about 60 kilometres into the back country.