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Injured hiker airlifted from West Coast Trail

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Injured hiker airlifted from West Coast Trail

A woman who was at Victoria General Hospital when the hiker was brought by the yellow-and-red search-and-rescue helicopter said on Twitter the hiker “had a stick protruding from his eye socket.”

A hiker who suffered serious injuries on the West Coast Trail had to be airlifted to Victoria General Hospital on Tuesday.

Parks Canada was notified of the injured hiker near Cullite Cove at 1 p.m., and its visitor safety team worked with the Pacheedaht First Nation Guardians, the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre and 442 Search and Rescue Squadron based in Comox to extract the hiker and one other person.

The person suffered serious injuries, but was in stable condition, Parks Canada said.


Injured hiker airlifted from West Coast Trail
 

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Branch pierced Texas man's eye, went into his brain, in West Coast Trail accident​


A Texas man is recovering in Victoria General Hospital after a branch pierced his left eye and rammed into his skull when he fell off a log while hiking on the rugged West Coast Trail.

A Texas man is being treated in Victoria General Hospital after a branch rammed through his left eye and into his brain when he fell off a log while hiking on the rugged West Coast Trail.

Edward Steinkamp, an aeronautical engineer from Allen, Texas, has lost sight in that eye and is battling an infection and swelling. His wife, Wendy, and son Bret — who had been hiking with him and two other friends when the May 3 fall occurred — are in Victoria with him.

Wendy and Bret have booked a hotel for two weeks and Bret, who lives in Portland, Oregon, has his vehicle here, but they are uncertain about what will unfold. “Everything is really fluid right now,” Bret, 28, said Sunday.

Edward initially went through an operation that removed the branch, while another procedure on Friday drained the infection. Cultures will help tailor the medicine needed or confirm he is on the right antibiotics, said Bret.

 
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