[UPDATE 8/16] Rattlesnake Bite Victim Received no Venom, Says Sheriff’s Office
Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:
On Monday August 14th, 2017 at approximately 4:30pm the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a female juvenile that was bitten by a Rattlesnake. The juvenile was hiking the Lost Coast south of Petrolia with family members when the bite occurred.
Poor weather conditions prevented a helicopter air rescue. Members of the Southern Humboldt Technical Rescue Team, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, Cal Fire, and BLM initiated a rescue effort for the juvenile; however, due to poor communications the exact location of the victim was not immediately known.
It was …reported that the victim was able to hike to the roadway under her own power and obtain a ride to [Jerold] Phelps Hospital in Garberville for treatment.
Fortunately, it was determined that the bite was what is referred to as a “Dry Bite”, in which no venom is delivered during the bite. The juvenile is recovering with no adverse effects.
The Sheriff’s Office would like to advise hikers, hunters, and pet owners that there have been a high number of Rattlesnake sightings this year and to use extra caution when spending time outdoors.
UPDATE 8/16: Cal Fire issued the following press release:
Information: Call was received at 14:22 of a 19 year old female with a rattlesnake bite from a SPOT text notification to a family member who wasn’t at scene and out of the area. She had very little information and didn’t have a location on the SPOT notification. The information given was the hiker was on the Lost Coast Trail heading south towards Spanish Flat area on BLM Kings Range. CAL FIRE launched their helicopter because of nature of injury and location; engines, overhead and CAL FIRE Emergency Command Center also launched City Ambulance, Petrolia, Honeydew and Southern Humboldt Technical Rescue as well as notified USCG. CAL FIRE helicopter flew the Kings Range not only in the area given but the entire area, they even landed and talked with hikers. The reporting party had no additional information nor did hikers in the area. The copter continued the search until they needed to go get fuel at which time the winds had picked up to the point that flying the area was no longer safe and they returned to Kneeland. No one flagged or signaled the helicopter or notified any of the many rescuers in the area. The patient checked into the hospital later that evening. The last unit cleared the search and rescue efforts at 8pm working close to six hours on this incident.