Friday, April 29, 2022

Dive Team Set to Look For Missing Fishermen

Posted By on Fri, Apr 29, 2022 at 4:08 PM

click to enlarge Scott Arbaugh, 70, of Eureka, and his son Josh Arbaugh, 49, remain missing. - HCSO FACEBOOK
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Humboldt Bay Fire's Dive Recovery and Rescue Team is preparing for a recovery dive in Humboldt Bay, looking for a father and sonwho went missing near King Salmon while boating in Humboldt Bay on Tuesday.

The team, working in conjunction with the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District and California Fish and Wildlife, performed sonar scans earlier today and is currently preparing for a dive in the waters near where the men's boat was recovered Wednesday.

"We ask that community members avoid the area so that our crews can do their work," a press release states. "Even well-meaning self-initiated searchers can inadvertently have a negative effect on the search by reducing visibility and cluttering the waters. We will provide regular updates as they are available."

Scott Arbaugh and his son, Josh Arbaugh, both of Eureka, were reported missing after launching their 16-foot boat into Humboldt Bay to do some fishing. The boat was then found shortly after midnight, partially submerged, about a half-mile from King Salmon, with no sign of the men.

See the full release from Humboldt Bay Fire copied below.

The Humboldt Bay Fire Dive Rescue and Recovery Team along with the Humboldt Bay Harbor District and California Fish & Wildlife are currently continuing search efforts for the two men who went missing near King Salmon on Tuesday, April 26 based off of information received from the U.S. Coast Guard and Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.

The team, along with Fish & Wildlife performed sonar scans earlier today and are currently preparing for a dive in the waters near where the boat was recovered mid-day on Wednesday, April 27.

We ask that community members avoid the area so that our crews can do their work. Even well-meaning selfinitiated searchers can inadvertently have a negative effect on the search by reducing visibility and cluttering the waters. We will provide regular updates as they are available.
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