Injured camper in Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park airlifted by helicopter on Civic Holiday

Woman in her early 60s was badly burned when refuelling a cooking stove at her campsite

Barry Killen captured this scene of a rescue in Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park of a camper who was injured when a piece of equipment containing flammable liquid exploded at her remote campsite on Shark Lake. The woman, who suffered burns to areas of her body, was later airlifted by helicopter to Peterborough Regional Health Centre. (Photo: Barry Killen)
Barry Killen captured this scene of a rescue in Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park of a camper who was injured when a piece of equipment containing flammable liquid exploded at her remote campsite on Shark Lake. The woman, who suffered burns to areas of her body, was later airlifted by helicopter to Peterborough Regional Health Centre. (Photo: Barry Killen)

A woman was airlifted to hospital by helicopter on the Civic Holiday yesterday afternoon (August 6) after suffering serious burns while camping in Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park.

The woman, reportedly is in her early 60s, was camping on Shark Lake when she suffered burns to her body as a cooking stove was being refueled.

Shark Lake is located in a remote area of the park only accessible by canoe and ATV.

A helicopter from Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Trenton lifts the camper, after she was stabilized on the ground. (Photo: Barry Killen)
A helicopter from Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Trenton lifts the camper, after she was stabilized on the ground. (Photo: Barry Killen)

A rescue effort involving Peterborough County OPP and Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Trenton (JRCC) was mounted. The woman was transported by ATV to Coon Lake, where she was assessed by paramedics and then airlifted by JRCC helicopter to Peterborough Regional Health Centre.

She suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries and has been transferred to a trauma centre for further treatment.

Located in the Township of North Kawartha and the Municipality of Trent Lakes, Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park is the largest park in southern Ontario after Algonquin Provincial Park. Campsites in the 375-square-kilometre park can only be reached by canoe and most require portaging to access them.

VIDEO: Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park Rescue (by Barry Killen)

Posted by Barry Killen on Monday, August 6, 2018

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