Coast Guard rescues injured hiker near Mussel Rock

Pacific Southwest Coast Guard News
DALY CITY, Calif., – The Coast Guard conducted an emergency rescue for an injured hiker on the coastal cliffs near Mussel Rock early Sunday morning.

The San Mateo County Fire Department requested the Coast Guard’s assistance to search for the missing hiker. The Coast Guard launched a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco at approximately 6:15 a.m. to support search efforts alongside the fire department. The helicopter crew located the hiker inside a sea cave after making several search passes in the vicinity of Mussel Rock.

With the tide coming in, the helicopter crew lowered a rescue swimmer into the water. The swimmer noticed the man had serious back injuries, lacerations, and a fractured femur. The rescue swimmer and helicopter crew worked together to safely evacuate the man from the flooding cave, hoisting him into the helicopter.

The helicopter transported the injured hiker to awaiting paramedics near the rescue site.

“The Coast Guard trains routinely for cliff and shoreline rescues,” said Cmdr. Harper Phillips, operations officer at Air Station San Francisco. “It is important when hiking to be careful, aware of your surroundings at all times and stay away from steep cliffs, especially near the water.”

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