Monday, December 16, 2019

HSU Student Surfing in Rough Conditions Rescued by Coasties (with Video)

Posted By on Mon, Dec 16, 2019 at 11:16 AM

click to enlarge Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Hernon, a Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay rescue swimmer, stands with Kris Nagel, a distressed surfer who was rescued by the Coast Guard when he was reportedly swept toward rocks near Moonstone Beach while he was surfing, Dec. 15, 2019. A Sector Humboldt Bay MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew was dispatched to the scene, hoisted Nagel into the helicopter and took him to California Redwood Coast - Humboldt County Airport where he was transferred to emergency medical services personnel. - COURTESY OF THE U.S. COAST GUARD SECTOR HUMBOLDT BAY
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  • Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Hernon, a Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay rescue swimmer, stands with Kris Nagel, a distressed surfer who was rescued by the Coast Guard when he was reportedly swept toward rocks near Moonstone Beach while he was surfing, Dec. 15, 2019. A Sector Humboldt Bay MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew was dispatched to the scene, hoisted Nagel into the helicopter and took him to California Redwood Coast - Humboldt County Airport where he was transferred to emergency medical services personnel.
A Coast Guard helicopter crew plucked to safety an exhausted surfer who was being swept into the rocks near Moonstone Beach by high surf around 2 p.m. Sunday.

The 20-year-old Humboldt State University student was flown to the Arcata-Eureka airport in McKinleyville, where he was evaluated by emergency medical personnel and released.

According to the Coast Guard, Sector Humboldt Bay received a 911 call reporting a surfer in distress around 1:30 p.m. and arrived on scene to find California State Park Lifeguard Keven Harder — who helped train the young lifeguard and junior lifeguards who rescued two brothers off Trinidad State Beach last month — was in the water with him.

After making a determination that the surfer was too exhausted to make it back to shore, Harder signaled for the Coast Guard crew to send in the rescue swimmer, who hoisted Kris Nagel into the helicopter and Harder swam back to shore.

"The success of today's rescue can be directly traced to partnership and cooperation among first-response agencies,” said Lt. Thomas Cogley, the pilot in command of the Dolphin helicopter crew. "Despite the challenging conditions of breaking surf and underwater rocks, our regular training with the California State Park Lifeguards made the handoff from the lifeguard to the Coast Guard rescue swimmer seamless and expeditious."

Read the Coast Guard release below:
MCKINLEYVILLE, Calif. — The Coast Guard and a California State Park Lifeguard rescued a 20-year-old Humboldt State University student from being swept into a rocky shoreline near Moonstone Beach, Sunday afternoon.

At approximately 1:30 p.m., Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay received a 911-dispatch call reporting a surfer being swept toward a rocky shoreline due to a combination of rough seas and the surfer's exhaustion.

Sector Humboldt Bay dispatched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and issued an urgent marine information broadcast via VHF-FM channel 16.

The Dolphin crew arrived on-scene at approximately 2:00 p.m. and found California State Park Lifeguard, Keven Harder, was in the water and had established contact with the distressed surfer.

After it was determined that the swimmer was too fatigued to make it back to shore, Harder signaled the Dolphin crew to deploy their rescue swimmer to hoist the surfer. Once the surfer was hoisted, the Dolphin crew remained on scene until Harder was able to swim back to the beach.

The fatigued surfer, Kris Nagel, was taken to the California Redwood Coast - Humboldt County Airport and transferred to emergency medical services personnel who evaluated and released him.

“The success of today's rescue can be directly traced to partnership and cooperation among first-response agencies,” said Lt. Thomas Cogley, the pilot in command of the Dolphin helicopter crew. "Despite the challenging conditions of breaking surf and underwater rocks, our regular training with the California State Park Lifeguards made the handoff from the lifeguard to the Coast Guard rescue swimmer seamless and expeditious."

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