Coast Guard Assists in Recovery of Diver, Firefighter

MCKINLEYVILLE, Calif. — U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay assisted local agencies with the recovery of a male diver in the vicinity of Point Arena, Calif. this morning.

The Coast Guard received a call at approximately 8:00 a.m. to assist the California Department of Forestry and other local agencies with a diver in distress.

Several people had been abalone diving along the shoreline, when they lost sight of one of the divers. The man had been pushed into a ravine approximately 70 feet deeper than the surrounding area.

A Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter was launched to assist the agencies already on scene. While enroute, the helicopter crew was notified that the rescuers on the shoreline risked being trapped on the beach due to the rising tide, and that the victim had been pronounced deceased at the scene.

Once on scene, a Coast Guard rescue swimmer was lowered to the beach to recover the diver. The victim was transported to nearby emergency crews.

The helicopter crew returned to the scene to lift the rescue swimmer and one firefighter who had remained behind to assist the Coast Guard. All but one of the rescuers had been able to climb off the beach.

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