Coast Guard aircrew receives awards for Middle Fire rescue

Coast Guard aircrew receives awards for Middle Fire rescue
A Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay aircrew were presented awards for rescuing two injured firefighters who were unable to evacuate from a mountainside that was engulfed in flames during the Sept. 6, 2019, Middle Fire.(Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Taylor Bacon) MCKINLEYVILLE, Calif. – Rear Adm. Brian Penoyer, the Eleventh Coast Guard District commander, presented Distinguished...

Coast Guard rescues 2 people from sinking vessel near Whitesboro, Calif.

Coast Guard rescues 2 people from sinking vessel near Whitesboro, Calif.
Coast Guard 47-Foot Motor Lifeboat File Photo MCKINLEYVILLE, Calif. — The Coast Guard rescued two people after their sailing vessel began taking on water one nautical mile offshore from Albion River near Whitesboro, Calif., Sunday. Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay command center watchstanders received a notification just after midnight of the sailing vessel Playtime reportedly hitting a submerged...

Coast Guard suspends search for overdue kayaker

Coast Guard suspends search for overdue kayaker
A 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay (U.S. Coast Guard file photo by Cmdr. Brendan Hilleary) MCKINLEYVILLE, Calif. – The Coast Guard and Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office suspended their search Saturday for an overdue kayaker who went missing Friday near the Luffenholtz Beach area. The search for Nicolas Brunner, age 19 of McKinleyville, was suspended after...

Coast Guard searches for missing kayaker near Luffenholtz Beach

Coast Guard searches for missing kayaker near Luffenholtz Beach
Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter File Photo MCKINLEYVILLE, Calif. — The Coast Guard and Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office are searching the Trinidad Bay area after an unmanned kayak was found near Luffenholtz Beach. Missing is a 19-year-old male, last seen wearing a yellow vest. Local authorities received a call at approximately 4:30 p.m. Friday of a missing person, which coincided with...

Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay holds virtual change-of-command ceremony

Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay holds virtual change-of-command ceremony
CAPT Mark Hiigel relieves CAPT Greg Fuller as Commander, Sector Humboldt Bay, California April 30, 2020 in a virtual change of command ceremony. MCKINLEYVILLE, Calif. — Capt. Mark Hiigel relieved Capt. Gregory Fuller as the Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay commander Thursday in a virtual change-of-command ceremony. As sector commander, Hiigel will oversee Coast Guard operations for 250 miles of coastline...

Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay highlights its first all-female helicopter crew

Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay highlights its first all-female helicopter crew
Lt. Audra Forteza, Lt. j.g. Rachel Seaman, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Shawna Moeschler stop for a photograph following Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay’s first all-female helicopter crew flight. MCKINLEYVILLE, Calif. — Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay is highlighting their first all-female helicopter crew in celebration of Women’s History Month, Saturday. According to Women In Aviation International,...

Coast Guard in Humboldt Bay to increase flights during annual training

Coast Guard in Humboldt Bay to increase flights during annual training
MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay (Coast Guard file photo by Chief Petty Officer Brandyn Hill) MCKINLEYVILLE, Calif. – Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay aircrews are scheduled to go through annual standardization training and evaluations from March 09 through March 20. Flight Standardization Instructors from the Coast Guard Aviation Training Center in Mobile, Ala., will...

Coast Guard, partner agencies respond to plane crash in Humboldt Bay

Coast Guard, partner agencies respond to plane crash in Humboldt Bay
A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin pilot from Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay scans the site of a downed aircraft, Feb. 6, 2020, in North Humboldt Bay, California. (Photo by U.S. Coast Guard) EUREKA, Calif. — Coast Guard and partner agencies responded to a plane crash in North Humboldt Bay, Thursday morning. At approximately 7:10 a.m., the Eureka Police Department relayed a distress call to Coast Guard...

Coast Guard medevacs fisherman near Humboldt Bay

Coast Guard medevacs fisherman near Humboldt Bay
Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter File Photo EUREKA, Calif. — The Coast Guard medevaced a man from a fishing vessel near the Humboldt Bay entrance channel, Sunday evening. A crewmember aboard the fishing vessel Elly notified Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay watchstanders at approximately 7:10 p.m., that their vessel was sinking near the south jetty of the Humboldt Bay entrance channel. The watchstanders...