Man Fleeing From Traffic Stop Has to Be Rescued from Redway Bluffs….
Last night at approximately 1:15 a.m., when the California Highway Patrol (CHP) stopped a vehicle heading between Garberville and Redway near Evergreen Road, a man fled the traffic stop. According to Diana Totten, a spokesperson for Southern Humboldt County Technical Rescue, the man “jumped out of the car and fled south on foot running from the CHP. He then jumped over the guardrail and down the steep bluff.”
According to scanner traffic last night, the young man got stuck about 50 feet down over the side of the cliff. “The subject appears to be uninjured. However, he can not get up,” reported an officer at the scene last night.
Totten said at 1:28 a.m., her crew was called, along with Garberville Fire and Redway Fire, to assist the CHP in the young man’s rescue.
A rescue team member was lowered on a rope to the area of the man who had fled. Totten explained, “The rescue team member then made verbal contact and convinced the male subject to come up to the top.” Using a rope, the crew assisted the man to the road into the arms of the waiting CHP officer.
After being up rescuing the man, Southern Humboldt County Technical Rescue is meeting. “We will be doing rescue training today in the Garberville area,” Totten said. If you see them, let them know you appreciate their hard volunteer work. (If you feel inspired to hand them–or your local fire department–a donation, you’ll be making sure they have the equipment they need if you or someone you love ever need their help.)