Man Attempting to Rescue Dog Pulled Out to Sea [UPDATED 3/25]
UPDATE below original post:
Original post: This is a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:
On 03/24/2015 at approximately 5:38 PM, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office (H.C.S.O.) was contacted by the United States Coast Guard (U.S.C.G.) requesting assistance with a search and rescue for a male subject that had entered the ocean at the mouth of Redwood Creek located at the end of Hufford RD in Orick. The male subject, age 20, was from out of the area traveling with friends. The subject entered the water at the mouth of Redwood Creek in an attempt to rescue a dog that was being pulled out into the ocean. Witnesses on scene soon lost sight of the male subject after he entered the water.
A search of the waters was conducted by U.S.C.G. helicopter and by U.S.C.G. marine vessel. Members of the H.C.S.O., California State Parks, CAL-Fire, and Orick Volunteer Fire searched the surrounding shoreline. The male subject is listed as missing at this time. The U.S.C.G. vessel will continue to search throughout the night. Members of H.C.S.O. Search and Rescue will continue the search at first light along with U.S.C.G. Helicopter.
Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at (707)-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at (707)268-2539.
Several years ago a similar situation ended tragically for a family.
UPDATE 3/25: Press Release from the Coast Guard
The Coast Guard has suspended the search for the missing man who disappeared last night after attempting to rescue a dog from the surf near the mouth of Redwood Creek, Orick, CA.
Crews continued to search for the missing 20 year old male throughout the night and this
morning, but after searching the 54 degree waters for over 17 hours, the search for the
missing man has been suspended. In total, 112 square nautical miles were repeatedly
searched by 30 Coast Guard personnel using aircraft and vessels without any sign of the
The lost man’s family was personally notified by the Commanding Officer of Sector
Humboldt Bay immediately following the suspension of search efforts.
The Coast Guard urges all members of the public to exercise extreme vigilance when near the formidable waters of the Pacific Ocean and to keep a close eye on family members and pets.