Coast Guard rescues 3 from Smith River

A Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay MH-65 Dolphin helicopter

USCG File Photo

SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard rescued three teenagers Tuesday from the Smith River approximately seven miles east of the U.S. Highway 101 bridge in Crescent City.

Del Norte County Sheriff personnel contacted Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay watchstanders at approximately 5:50 p.m., reporting that three teenagers became stranded after their vessel capsized and they needed a helicopter to assist in the rescue.

A Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay MH-65 Dolphin helicopter rescue crew launched and arrived on scene at approximately 6:45 p.m. The helicopter rescue crew hoisted all three teenagers into the helicopter transferring one to shore and the other two teenagers were taken to Crescent City Airport where they were met by awaiting Emergency Medical Personnel.

There were no serious injuries reported.

“Assisting local partner agencies is a vital part of the Coast Guard mission in our remote area of operations,” said Lt. Alex Lloyd, a Dolphin aircraft commander. “The quick response by the Del Norte County Sheriff Department and outstanding coordination and communication between agencies allowed us to remove three youths from a very dangerous situation to safety.”

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