Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay recovers a boater from the surf

SAMOA, Calif. – U.S. Coast Guard Station Humboldt BayStation Humboldt Bay recovered a boater from the water north of the Humboldt Bay jetties after his boat overturned in the surf today.

The Coast Guard received a call via a 911 emergency relay from California Highway Patrol at 12:15 p.m. reporting an 18-foot vessel being tossed about in the ocean surf off of Samoa, Calif. The Coast Guard dispatched two 47-foot motor lifeboats and a ground party from Station Humboldt Bay as well as an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Humboldt Bay.

The ground party located the vessel, where it had washed ashore, and the Good Samaritan who made the initial report to CHP. On scene, they immediately saw a 70 year-old man in the surf. One Coast Guardsman and the Good Samaritan rushed into the water and dragged the person to shore where they checked for vitals and began performing CPR. The Coast Guard helicopter arrived and lowered the rescue swimmer to the beach to assist the first responders on the ground with the first aid. The ground team and rescue swimmer then transported the man from the beach to a nearby parking lot where an ambulance was waiting. The man was unresponsive at the time he was transferred to EMS personnel.

While the ground team was attending to the man, the motor lifeboats and helicopter conducted a search for other boaters. The Arcata Fire Department arrived on scene and relayed the vessel registration numbers to their dispatch where it was determined that the one person recovered from the surf was the only person aboard the craft. After verifying the information, the Coast Guard suspended the search and the motor lifeboats and helicopter returned to their respective stations.

The Coast Guard asks boaters to use extreme caution when boating and fishing near surf zones and to always wear life jackets while aboard vessels.

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