Coast Guard medevacs distressed hiker from Lost Coast Trail

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

USCG File Photo

SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard medevaced a 29-year-old female hiker Thursday from the Lost Coast Trail approximately 45 miles south of Humboldt Bay.

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department personnel contacted Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay watchstanders at approximately 11 a.m., reporting an activated Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) by a distressed hiker needing medical treatment.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter rescue crew from Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay hoisted the 29-year-old woman into the helicopter and transferred her to a local hospital.

“We encourage people hiking in remote locations to always carry an EPIRB,” said Cmdr. Kevin Barres, the Sector Humboldt Bay response chief. “They are designed to save your life and in this case, it allowed us to rapidly assist a hiker in distress.”

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