Coast Guard Rescues 2 Divers, 3rd Still Missing

McKinleyville, Calif.- The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two divers in the vicinity of Kibesillah Rock, six miles north of Fort Bragg, last night.

Around 6:45 P.M., two divers were reported to be stranded on top of a rock protruding from the surf, and another diver was reported missing. The Coast Guard immediately launched two Motor Life Boats and a mobile land unit from Coast Guard Station Noyo River, and an HH-65C helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay.

Hazardous weather as well as treacherous terrain played a large role in the execution and outcome of the rescue. The Coast Guard helicopter was able to hoist both stranded divers off the rocks and safely transport them to awaiting emergency medical personnel. After locating the third diver, who was completely unresponsive in the surf, the rescue effort was reluctantly aborted due to the perilous weather conditions which would have made any attempt to recover the victim dangerous. The Mendocino County Sheriff Office continued the search and recovery of the third diver this morning.

The U.S. Coast Guard would like to remind all mariners, recreational divers, and coastal residents to remain vigilant and aware of the hazardous weather conditions prominent in this area during the approaching winter months. Extreme caution should be used during any coastal endeavor especially during hazardous seas and in treacherous locations. Please be sure to wear appropriate personal protective equipment including Coast Guard approved life jackets during all water related activities.

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