Coast Guard and Del Norte Sherriff’s Office rescue 6 from overturned vehicle

11th Coast Guard District News
MCKINLEYVILLE, Calif. – A U.S. Coast Guard aircrew, from Air Station Humboldt Bay, and the Del Norte Sherriff’s Office teamed up to rescue six people from a vehicle that ran off the road near the Klamath River this morning.

The vehicle ran off the road at approximately 7:30 a.m. and responding officers from the Del Norte Sherriff’s Office requested assistance from the Coast Guard when they determined a medical evacuation would be needed.

Two Coast Guard MH-65 dolphin helicopters arrived on scene at approximately 9:00 a.m. and conducted a medical evacuation for three of the people involved in the accident. Due to the challenging terrain, two of the victims had to be hoisted from the embankment where they were found. The other victim was loaded onto the helicopter from a landing zone that was prepared by Del Norte Sherriff’s responders. One victim was transported directly to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Eureka, Calif. The two victims in the other helicopter were transported to Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay, where they were transferred to ambulances, which transported them to St. Joseph’s Hospital. The other three passengers were rescued by Del Norte Sherriff’s Office responders.

Lt. Adam Wolf, aircraft commander aboard one of the helicopters, described the terrain as “nearly vertical and very challenging.” He added, “this was a great example of our strong working partnership with local Sherriff’s and EMS.”

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