Coast Guard rescues stranded, injured hikers near Enderts Beach

Pacific Southwest Coast Guard News
MCCKINLEYVILLE, Calif. – A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued two hikers after one of them fell from a cliff near Enderts Beach and was injured yesterday evening.

Del Norte County Sheriff Search and Rescue sent a ground crew to the scene to aid the hikers; however, the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Department and Cal Fire requested Coast Guard helicopter assistance because the location was in a remote area, surrounded by steep cliff walls, and the injured hiker required immediate medical attention.

A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay arrived on scene at about 9:30 p.m., and hoisted the injured hiker and another hiker who was suffering from hypothermia. Both were transported to the Crescent City Airport, where they were transferred to local emergency medical services.

The helicopter returned to base to refuel and then delivered blankets, jackets, water, and food to the ground rescue crew at the scene of the rescue. The Del Norte Sheriff’s Department arranged for a helicopter from Sonoma County to airlift the ground rescuers.

“Air Station Humboldt Bay is unique in the Coast Guard because we do as many land rescues as water rescues,” said Lt. George Suchanek, the aircraft commander for the rescue. “Our crews train vertical surface rescues weekly because there are so many steep cliffs in the area, and it increases our capability to respond.”

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