Friday, July 5, 2019

Coasties Rescue Stranded Hiker

Posted By on Fri, Jul 5, 2019 at 12:19 PM

click to enlarge A MH-65 Dolphin helicopter conducts a cliffside rescue after a hiker became stranded near the base of the sea cliff in Patricks Point State Park in Trinidad, California, July 4, 2019. The hiker was hoisted aboard the Dolphin and transported to local emergency medical services with no reported injuries. - U.S. COAST GUARD PHOTO COURTESY OF ARCATA MAD RIVER AMBULANCE SERVICES
  • U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Arcata Mad River Ambulance Services
  • A MH-65 Dolphin helicopter conducts a cliffside rescue after a hiker became stranded near the base of the sea cliff in Patricks Point State Park in Trinidad, California, July 4, 2019. The hiker was hoisted aboard the Dolphin and transported to local emergency medical services with no reported injuries.

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a 22-year-old man who fell off a cliff while hiking in Patrick’s Point State Park yesterday evening.

According to a press release, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay got a call reporting a hiker stranded at the base of a sea cliff around 6:45 p.m. and launched its Dolphin helicopter to attempt a rescue.

Once on scene, the helicopter located the hiker and lowered a rescue swimmer, who brought the man safely on board the helicopter. The man was evaluated by Arcata Mad River Ambulance Services and determined to be uninjured.

“This case was an excellent example of the interoperability among first response agencies here in Humboldt County,” said Cmdr. Brendan Hilleary, chief of response at Sector Humboldt Bay, in a press release. “I’m very thankful that we were able to support our state parks partners and bring this hiker safely back to his family."

Read the full Coast Guard press release copied below:

MCKINLEYVILLE, Calif — The Coast Guard rescued a 22-year-old man who fell to the base of a sea cliff while hiking in Patrick's Point State Park in Trinidad, California, Thursday.
California State Parks rangers notified watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay of a stranded hiker near the base of a sea cliff in Patrick's Point State Park, around 6:45 p.m.
Sector Humboldt Bay launched a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay.
Once on scene, the aircrew located the hiker near the base of a cliff and lowered a rescue swimmer, who hoisted the stranded man into the helicopter.
The hiker was transferred to Arcata Mad River Ambulance Services. There were no reports of injuries.
“This case was an excellent example of the interoperability among first response agencies here in Humboldt County,” said Cmdr. Brendan Hilleary, chief of response at Sector Humboldt Bay. “I’m very thankful that we were able to support our state parks partners and bring this hiker safely back to his family."
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