One Dead After Vehicle With 7 Occupants Plunges off Remote Road
Emergency dispatch received the call about 7:35 a.m. Shelter Cove Fire was there in about twenty to twenty-five minutes, she said.
When they arrived on scene, there were four people sitting on the road and three down below. “One of them the driver was deceased,” Antony explained. She also said there was a language barrier as only one person spoke English. The rest spoke Spanish.
Shelter Cove Fire, Whale Gulch Fire, Southern Humboldt Technical Rescue, the California Highway Patrol and, eventually, the Humboldt County Coroner responded to the scene.
“Technical Rescue and Shelter Cove Rescue brought the last two of them up about 8:30,” she said describing the incident. “They weren’t badly injured. That was the miracle of it all. They had hypothermia [because] they didn’t have any real shelter.”
Antony said none of the occupants had been wearing seatbelts. She said they were “headed to some property where they worked in Whale Gulch.”