[UPDATE 4:31 p.m.] Multiple Agencies Searching for Missing Canadian Hiker on Lost Coast Trail
As last night’s stormy weather threw high waves at the Lost Coast, multiple agencies searched for a missing Canadian hiker. Shelter Cove Fire Department spokesperson Nick Pape said his crew had “been working it since 7:50 last night.”
Shelter Cove Fire, Southern Humboldt Technical Rescue, Cal Fire, the Coast Guard and the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department have been searching for a “guy hiking the Lost Coast from out of the area,” according to Pape.
The man was traveling the famous remote trail north of Shelter Cove. According the Cheryl Antony, spokesperson for Shelter Cove Fire, “[The hiker’s] car is in the parking lot…He texted someone three days ago saying he hurt his back and was at Miller’s Flat.”
“He was supposed to show up two days ago,” Pape told us. But last night was when searchers learned he hadn’t shown up.
“Last night it was a bad storm, high waves on the beach,” Pape said but the searchers still went out.
Antony explained that the searchers had traveled over seven miles up the beach before having to return as high waves might have blocked the return trail.
“They found an empty back pack…and not too far away some MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) but they don’t know if they are related,” Antony told us.
The searchers will be gathering this morning and putting together a search plan. “We’ll know more about 8 or 9,” Pape explained.
As soon as we get more information, we’ll update.
NOTE: The Sheriff’s Office tweeted that Bureau of Land Management employees are also involved in the search.
UPDATE 10:05 a.m.: Shelter Cove Fire provided this photo of the vehicle believed to belong to the missing hiker. Cheryl Antony said the man is believed to have taken the shuttle up to the mouth of the Mattole and then began hiking back down to the Cove.UPDATE 4:31 p.m.: Searchers Scour Lost Coast Hunting for Missing Canadian Hiker