Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay Responds to Automobile Accident Victim

McKinleyville, Ca. – At 2:05 p.m. today, US Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay received a report of a possible car accident near Cape Mendocino off of Hwy 211 – Mattole Road.

A motorist witnessed the car going off the road and called 911. Emergency dispatch then notified the California Highway Patrol and California Department of Forestry. CDF reported the accident to the U.S. Coast Guard.

At the time of the incident the Coast Guard had two HH-65 helicopters conducting training near McKinleyville.  One of the helicopters immediately headed south to the scene of the reported accident while the other helicopter returned to Arcata Airport to refuel and load any additional emergency equipment that might be needed.

The first Coast Guard helicopter quickly located the vehicle on the cliff below the highway and deployed the rescue swimmer to assess the scene as some local good Samaritans also arrived at the vehicle. The helicopter, low on fuel due to being diverted from a training mission, landed in a nearby field.

At the accident scene, the rescue swimmer was joined by Petrolia Fire Department personnel and members of the CHP. It was determined that the patient would require a litter and aerial transport to the hospital for further care. The Coast Guard then launched the second helicopter with a rescue swimmer and a litter to the scene.

Arriving on scene, the second aircraft deployed the rescue swimmer and then lowered the rescue litter to the patient to prepare for transport. At 3:30 p.m. the accident victim along with the rescue swimmer from the second aircraft and a paramedic were hoisted into the helicopter and transported to St. Joseph’s Medical Center where the patient is reportedly in stable condition.

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