Drowning in Shelter Cove
UPDATE, MONDAY, 11:03 a.m.: Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:
On 06-30-13, approximately 1:00 p.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a woman in the surf approximately 75 yards out at the North end of Shelter Cove near Abalone Point, needing assistance. Deputies, the Shelter Cove Volunteer Fire Department, the Bureau of Land Management, United States Coast Guard and Cal Fire were all dispatched to the scene.
The Shelter Cove Fire Department reached the 32 year old female victim in the surf and attempted life saving measures. The female was pronounced dead at the scene and the Humboldt County Coroners Office was notified and responded. The investigating deputy learned the female initially went into the surf voluntarily and was swimming with no problems when for unknown reasons she appeared to have drowned.
The victim’s identity will be released by the Humboldt County Coroners Office after next of kin is notified.
UPDATE 2:31 P.M.: Cheryl Anthony, the Shelter Cove Volunteer Fire Dept. Public Information Officer, stated that there is little that can be released at this point. The only information that could be given out is “There is a female in her thirties that drowned off of Abalone point. She was on the shore and went out into the water. Our Ocean rescue boat was there in about 8 minutes and attempted CPR but it was not successful because I think she had been in the water too long by the time they called us.” The woman, Anthony says, was a local.
Thank you to the volunteers who had such a heartbreaking conclusion. Our hearts go out to the family of the victim.
There has been a drowning in Shelter Cove confirmed the US Coast Guard. Reportedly it is at Abalone Point. According to business owner Autumn Hargrave, the boat ramp was closed temporarily but is just now opening up.
LoCO will be updating as soon as Cheryl Anthony the Shelter Cove Volunteer Fire Dept. Public Information Officer is free to answer questions.