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Air rescue team extracts injured hiker from wilderness in Pine County

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An injured hiker was rescued from the wilderness in Pine County, Minnesota, on Tuesday morning. 

The rescue mission included help from the Minnesota Air Rescue Team (MART), which was dispatched to an island between Sandstone and Hinckley on the Kettle River in east-central Minnesota where team members "extracted an injured hiker via helicopter." 

After being lifted out of the wooded area, the hiker – a female with a broken leg – was taken to a nearby ambulance for treatment. 

The Pine County Sheriff's Office reports that the victim misstepped into a hole and broke her leg. 

"Based on the terrain and difficult access to the area, the Minnesota State Patrol MART Team was requested to assist. Ground rescue personnel were able to walk a trail to the river in the area and kayak out to the female to begin first aid measures," the sheriff's office said. 

The female was then taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital for treatment. 

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