Successful Water Rescue Frees Woman and Man Stranded on Rocks

Emergency personnel working. [Photo from Evan Hurst]

Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

On August 16, 2018, at about 12:50 p.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the North Jetty for the report of a female in distress under water.

While enroute to the scene, deputies learned that the woman was no longer underwater, however an adult male relative attempting to rescue the woman had become stranded on rocks alongside her.

Through a collaborative effort between the Sheriff’s Office and the United States Coast Guard, Samoa Peninsula Fire District, California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Bureau of Land Management, both subjects were rescued and transported to a local hospital for treatment related to their extended time in the water.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Samoa Peninsula Fire District and the United States Coast Guard for their quick response and for providing essential equipment allowing a swift rescue.

Note: The woman rescued was originally reported to be a juvenile.

Coast guard medical rescue

[Photo provided by a reader]

Earlier Chapter: Girl Reported to be ‘Swept Under the Rocks’ on North Jetty; Rescue Underway

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  • Another excellent job by our rescue personnel on an extremely treacherous waterway.

  • Every fall some HSU students will go out on the north jetty to watch big waves. Then the big wave comes and down they go.

  • They were on the bay side not on jetty….just slipped on rocks and couldn’t get outa water and off rocks.

    • You seem to be downgrading the situation because they were on “bayside”. Even on mellow days, the suction made from receding waves on the rocks, will not only suck you down like a turd in the toilet, it just might relieve you of your internal organs.

  • Wait. What? I heard they were smoking crack on the rocks (a new drink?) while having sex in clown outfits. Right?
    What’d YOU hear???

  • I tell you that thing is dangerous when i young me and my buddys used to get all bugard on wiskey go out thar when it was storming walk to the end of that thing i tell you i am not lieing and if you dont belive me you can try it yourself when thar are big stormes we had to run and hide behind that light tower at the end of that thing and hold on to the handles of that thing to keep from geting washed to sea them dam waves look like thar 50 foot tall when your out thar of course my buudy went on to be a king craber in Alaska and he is no longer with us

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