Dramatic Rescue! Crews Seek Injured Man North of Shelter Cove
Honeydew Fire Department and Southern Humboldt Technical Rescue are responding to a report of an injured person about seven miles north of Shelter Cove. According to scanner traffic, the individual has a fractured leg with an open wound.
UPDATE 8:07 P.M.: The scanner picked up emergency personnel talking about the incident. The injured person is with two hikers. Personnel are trying to get the injured party to Miller Flat where it is hoped the Coast Guard will be able to pick the individual up.
UPDATE 9:19 P.M.: According to a member of the rescue team, the Coast Guard was unable to make the “pick,” or pickup because of heavy fog. Because the Coast Guard can’t get to the injured person, this could be an all night rescue. It could take hours before access can be made to the patient. The current plan is to go up the Smith-Etter road near Honeydew and drive as far as possible up the beach. Then walk towards the patient. Unfortunately, high tide is at 12:27 A.M. and will cut off beach access.
Shelter Cove Volunteer Fire Department is also on the scene and working with SHTR (Southern Humboldt Technical Rescue and Honeydew.)
UPDATE 11:09 P.M.: Fog has pulled back. The current plan is to put the REACH helicopter down near the patient in the Miller Flat area.
UPDATE 12:17 A.M.: The situation is getting much worse. Dispatch is advising the rescue crews, “The patient is deteriorating rapidly.” The rescue crews are still a half mile from the patient.
UPDATE 7:29 A.M.: Scanner traffic said that the helicopter was on its way with the patient to Mercy Hospital in Redding.
UPDATE 7:50 A.M.: Photo texted from the staging area. The sun rises on some of the folks involved in the rescue. Job complete.
Included in the photo are members Southern Humboldt Technical Rescue, Shelter Cove Volunteer Fire Department, Honeydew Volunteer Fire Department, Telegraph Ridge Volunteer Fire Department and Petrolia Volunteer Fire Department.