Kayakers’ Screams Brought Help But One Unresponsive Victim Was Helicoptered to St. Joseph Hospital

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Coast Guard helicopter [Stock photo from Wikipedia  by Vlad Lazarenko] 

Screams for help brought good Samaritans and the US Coast Guard helicopter racing to assist two kayakers who had fallen into the water near the mouth of the Eel River this afternoon, according to Angela Corbin Petty Officer First Class.  She reported that at 1:51 p.m. the Coast Guard received a request for assistance from the California Highway Patrol who had gotten a call that “someone was in the water and a general location. However, the call was dropped and dispatch was unable to gather all the needed information.”

The Coast Guard responded. “We sent a 47 foot lifeboat and helo,” Corbin said. “The small boat didn’t make it all the way before the helicopter got on scene…The people were already on the beach.”

Apparently, she said, two people in a kayak had somehow fallen into the ocean near Crab Beach in the Loleta area. Their screams for help had alerted people on the shore.  “Two Good Sam Kayakers went out to see if they could assist and helped bring them back,” Corbin explained. “We lowered rescue swimmer to investigate.”

“[We were] able to get one responsive and one was not responsive at the time,” Corbin reported. One did not need medical assistance and the other victim who was still unresponsive was taken to St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka.

The status of the victim is unknown at this point.

[Photo attribution: By Vlad Lazarenko (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons]



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