[UPDATE 4 p.m.] Humboldt County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue on Their Way to Man Lost and Injured off Hwy 299

Humboldt COunty Sheriff's OfficeA man has called 911 for help after being lost and injured off Hwy 299 between Blue Lake and Willow Creek today. Samantha Karges, spokesperson for the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department, reports that the man’s location has been determined. The Sheriff’s Posse has been called out to help bring the man back safely.

Karges said, “We believe the subject is injured and the injuries are to his back and to his ribs.” At this time, the Posse is attempting to get to the man’s location. They will determine the extent of his injuries when they locate him.

UPDATE 3:23 p.m.: The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office tweeted, “#SearchAndRescue subject extricated and being transported to a local hospital. Great job Sheriff’s Posse!”

UPDATE 4 p.m.: Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Posse helped locate a Redding man who was lost in the woods.

The Sheriff’s Office received the call for help around 10:41 a.m. today from the man who said he was lost somewhere between Blue Lake and Willow Creek. The man told dispatchers that he had been in the woods for two days looking for a lost dog and was injured. Deputies were able to pinpoint the man’s location to a wooded area off of Burnt Stump Ln.

The Sheriff’s Posse was called to help locate and extricate the man. He was then transported to a local hospital for injuries to his back and ribs.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Sheriff’s Posse, Fieldbrook Fire, Blue Lake Fire and Arcata Ambulance for assisting with this search and rescue.



  • Nice job, what a scary thing to go through!
    Hope he heals up quickly.
    Thanks to all the responders!

  • Way to go all Law Enforcement Personal and our Fire Department & Ambulance. I do not care what anyone says or thinks of you all. YOU GUYS AND GIRLS ROCK. KEEP UP THE GOOD JOB AND STAY SAFE. MERRY CHRISTMAS AND GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

  • Thank God for all our first responders, and I hope you found the dog.

  • Way to go S&R!
    Hope the dog turns up, they are survivors too.

  • Paperwork and Laptops

    Yeah right! The guy was wandering around for two days in this freezing weather looking for a dog between Willow Creek and Blue lake but never bothered w/ any notices of the lost dog. That’s some story! How about more like he was marauding across private properties ripping and stealing but then he fell down on somebody’s place and hurt himself so then he called the sheriff for help? That seems like a more plausible story- don’t y’all think? Bet there’s a stash of burglary tools and prizes nearby.

  • Things that make you go hmm

    Ya, is there a description of the “lost dog”?

  • His story does sound “a little fishy” to say the least!!! Great job all Search & Rescue personnel, as well as ALL First Responders you ALL do a GREAT job!!!!

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