[UPDATE 6:13 p.m.] Two Stranded Overnight on Pewetole Island Rescued by Coast Guard and Taken to Hospital
“We got a report from a kayaker that they had spotted people,” the spokeperson said. “‘We got the call at 9:03 a.m.”According to the spokesperson, the two individuals had crossed over at low tide. She told us that the individuals went out at low tide and were unable to return safely. “They were stuck there overnight,” she said. “We sent the helicopter out there.”
Helicopter personnel maneuvered their craft so they were overhead of the two individuals -both of whom were hypothermic. The Coast Guard helicopter personnel “conducted a hoist of the two individuals,” the spokesperson said. Besides being hypothermic, one person had injuries to their feet and was “having trouble walking.”
The spokesperson said the two were taken to St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka for treatment.
UPDATE 6:13 p.m.: Press release from the Coast Guard:
The Coast Guard rescued two men stranded on Pewetole Island near the coast of Trinidad, Sunday morning.
A good Samaritan kayaker contacted Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay watchstanders just after9 a.m., reporting that two people were stranded on Pewetole Island.
The two people had waded out to the island from the beach near Trinidad at low tideSaturday, had reportedly fallen into the water and sustained injuries climbing back onto the island during the night.
Sector Humboldt Bay dispatched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew to the scene. The helicopter crew hoisted the two individuals from Pewetole Island and transferred them to St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka.
“Anytime you’re hiking or exploring along the coast, it’s important to always have safety in mind,” said Cmdr. Brendan Hilleary, Sector Humboldt Bay’s operations officer. “The Coast Guard urges the public to always let someone know where you will be, when you plan to return and to have a reliable means of communication with you in case of emergency.”