[UPDATE 8/15] Rescuers Dispatched to Report of 17-Year-Old Female Hiking With Rattlesnake Bite
Dispatch sent Southern Humboldt Technical Rescue, Petrolia Fire, and a helicopter to Spanish Flats, which is south of Petrolia and north of Shelter Cove along the ocean, because of a report of a hiker with a rattlesnake bite.
Reportedly, the 17-year-old girl is with a large group of hikers. They, including the girl, are all hiking along the Lost Coast Trail to meet with rescuers at Spanish Flats.
UPDATE 2:55 p.m.: Updated location for the bitten girl to meet up with rescuers is the Smith Etter Road. Honeydew Fire has also been asked to respond.
A crew member of the medical response air team requested information on the availability of “antivenom at St. Joe’s…That’s our plan to transport the patient to St. Joe’s,” he said.
UPDATE 3:27 p.m.: One group of rescuers is reporting that they are unable to locate the girl and her companions.
UPDATE 5:07 p.m.:
The fog rolled in so the chopper had to leave. [Note: Cal Fire says the chopper left due to needing fuel and didn’t return due to high winds.] The young woman has not yet been located.
UPDATE 7 p.m.: The patient just came into Jerold Phelps Hospital, according to dispatch. All resources were canceled.
UPDATE: According to unofficial reports, we’ve heard the young woman is okay.