Woman Rescued by Coast Guard From Eel River Sandbar Late Last Night
A Myers Flat woman went to the Eel River to bathe last night and was swept away. She managed to scramble onto a sandbar and call for assistance from a cell phone. Paula Sue Darling called 911 about 9:45 p.m., according to Sgt. Ken Swithenbank of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.
The Coast Guard was notified and responded with a helicopter. Numerous residents of Myers Flat saw the helicopter fly over with a light searching the area about 11:45 p.m. Some noted that a Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputy was at the scene.
Petty Officer Nick Ramirez of the Coast Guard explained that his agency was notified about 10:25 p.m. of the situation. They were able to respond to the area and land on the sandbar which held Darling around midnight. “They transported her to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Eureka,” he said. “She was hypothermic and dehydrated.”
She is expected to recover.