Survivor Drives From Sacramento to Attend Fundraiser for Southern Humboldt Technical Rescue Team
A survivor of one of the most dramatic rescues in Southern Humboldt history just drove all the way from Sacramento to support the crew who helped get him to a waiting helicopter. Southern Humboldt Technical Rescue team has their biggest fundraiser of the year today at the Garberville Square. And, the former victim came to let them know how much he appreciates them.
“He is just so thankful to be alive,” explained Diana Totten the public information officer for the group. Last April while running the Lost Coast Trail the man fell down a cliff and into an area being swallowed by the incoming tide.
Local folks carried the terribly injured man (multiple breaks and a punctured lung) out of the tide zone but because of the fog neither of the two helicopters sent to rescue him could land. So Southern Humboldt Technical Rescue team members hiked down the beach as dark fell and waves slapped around them. They picked up the man in a special litter and carried him as he passed in and out of consciousness for hours up the trail in the dark to a place the helicopter could land.
This team was there for him and they’ll be there for you and your loved ones if you need them.
Can you support them now? Head on down to the Garberville until 8 p.m. to eat some good food, listen to some great music and help out some heroes.
UPDATE: Photos from Fauna Harmon of today’s fundraiser.