[UPDATED With Video] Hiker Rescued From Cliff by Coast Guard

This is a press release from the United States Coast Guard:

DSC_0239MCKINLEYVILLE, Calif. – At 10:36am this morning the Coast Guard received a request for assistance from the National Park Service to assist a hiker trapped on a cliff one-quarter of a mile north of Damnation Creek, south of Crescent City, CA.

Two Coast Guard MH-65D helicopters, who were already in the air conducting surf rescue training near the mouth of Humboldt Bay, were diverted to Damnation Creek where they located a 29 year old female who was clinging to the cliff side 150 feet above the beach. Utilizing vertical surface rescue techniques, Rescue Swimmer Adam Carr was lowered by Flight Mechanic Justin Leddon to the woman who had spent the night on the cliff and was suffering from exhaustion and exposure. The crew of 6558, piloted by Commander Kevin Barres and Lieutenant Josh Smith, successfully hoisted the woman into the helicopter and delivered her to awaiting park rangers at the Crescent City airport.

Any questions regarding this search and rescue case can be directed to Lieutenant J.J. Briggs at (707) 839-6116.

UPDATE 4:25 p.m.: Coast Guard sent this video of the rescue.



  • The rescue guy did a great job but that was some
    pretty awesome precision flying by the Pilot.
    Those guys amaze me and make me wish I would
    have gone into the Coast Guard instead of the Army.

  • Awesome video. Coast guards are bad ass!

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