Video: Minnesota Aviation Team Rescues Stillwater Hiker Stranded on North Shore Trail

A 62-year-old Stillwater woman was rescued Monday afternoon after she dislocated her hip while hiking at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park on the North Shore of Lake Superior.

Lori Mildon was hiking on the North Shore when she sat down to rest during her hike, Minnesota State Patrol Lt. Tiffani Schweigart said during a press conference. When Mildon tried to stand up, she collapsed with a dislocated hip and was unable to walk.

The Lake County Rescue Squad responded at about 1:52 p.m. to a rescue call for a hiker who was stranded on a trail. First responders determined that portion of the trail was best reached by air, so the Minnesota Aviation Rescue Team –a partnership between the St. Paul Fire Department and the Minnesota State Patrol — was dispatched from St. Paul.

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About 75 minutes after first responders received the 911 call, the Minnesota Aviation Rescue Team arrived on the scene.

Two St. Paul firefighters dangling from the helicopter by a rope landed at the scene, helped the Lake County Rescue Squad secure Mildon on a cocoon-like backboard and lifted her up for a helicopter trip to a nearby ambulance. Mildon was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth for treatment of her injuries.

“The topography in the terrain was very challenging in that area to try and get someone, actually get them out,” St. Paul Fire Capt. Alan Gabriele told Minnesota Public Radio. “And you’d risk further injuring the patient and potentially the rescuers.”

Mildon’s injuries are not considered to be life-threatening, according to the State Patrol.

Minnesota State Patrol Helicopter Pilot Dave Willar told the Pioneer Press it would have taken about two hours to get Mildon from the trail to the hospital by land.

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Video of the rescue mission was captured with a Go-Pro camera attached to the helmet of a member of the Minnesota Aviation Rescue Team.

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