Monday, April 29, 2019

SECOND UPDATE: Missing Trinity River Swimmer Found

Posted By on Mon, Apr 29, 2019 at 10:19 AM

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SECOND UPDATE: The man who was swept away after jumping into the Trinity River near Knight’s Bluff was found alive downstream Saturday more than one hour later and was treated for cold exposure, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.

Multiple agencies responded to the scene, including the sheriff's office, CHP and the Hoopa Valley Tribal Police Department.

The release also notes, as the Eureka office of the National Weather Service did last week, that while temperatures are beginning to climb, local rivers are running high with swift currents.


The swimmer has been found alive.


Multiple agencies are responding to help search for a man who went missing in the Trinity River about 4 p.m. today in the 3500 block of State Route 96 around mile marker 4.61.

“After he jumped in, he wasn’t seen,” a 911 dispatcher relayed to officers.

The river is still very high and not clear, an officer on the scene talking to witnesses reported.

A CHP helicopter was heading to the scene, a Humboldt County Sheriff’s boat was requested and the Hoopa Tribe was preparing to launch a boat.

Officer says that they are starting the search about a mile downstream at “the old Tagmire property.”

The wind is light to moderate with clear skies, an officer on the scene reported while giving information to the helicopter crews.

The National Weather Service earlier this week warned residents to use caution on local rivers, which are still running swift and cold, as temperatures in the interior of the county begin to warm up.

Press release from the HCSO:
On April 27, 2019, at about 4:40 p.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Emergency Communication Center received a 9-1-1 call for service regarding a male subject swept away in the Trinity River.

According to the reporting party, the 32-year-old male victim decided to go for a swim in the river in the Knight’s Bluff area of Willow Creek, but upon jumping into the water, had not surfaced.

The Sheriff’s Office’s jet boat and a Hoopa Valley Tribal Police Department boat were launched near the area in which the man was reported missing. A California Highway Patrol helicopter was also dispatched to aid in the search.

While searching the river, deputies located the victim alive downstream from Knight’s Bluff near the river’s edge at about 6 p.m. Deputies rescued the victim and transported him to the Big Rock area where he received treatment for cold exposure.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Hoopa Valley Tribal Police Department and the California Highway Patrol for their quick response and assistance in this rescue operation.

While the weather is getting warmer throughout Humboldt County, the Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the public that it is still too early to swim in some of our local rivers, including the Trinity River, due to high water levels and swift currents. If you do decide to swim in the local rivers this summer, the Sheriff’s Office offers some safety tips:

o Be sure to check river levels and flow information with the National Weather Service, in addition to water release information for the Trinity River.
o Never swim alone.
o Avoid swimming into a fast-moving current. If the current seems too strong, get out of the water.
o Don’t consume alcohol while swimming.
o Inflatable water toys should not be used in place of a life jacket. Young children should wear a life jacket when swimming in the river. Watch children at all times.

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