[UPDATE 10:42 a.m.] 19-Year-Old Swept From Rocks Still Not Located as of This Morning

Crews searched the waters of the entrance to Humboldt Bay after a man was reported to have fallen into the water while fishing on the North Jetty yesterday. [All photos by Mark McKenna]

A 19-year-old man attending Humboldt State University who was swept off the rocks of the North Jetty yesterday afternoon while fishing, still hasn’t been located this morning, reports Samantha Karges, Public Information Specialist for the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.

Karges said that Keymaan Jac Quesmalik Stringer was from Los Angeles. Humboldt State University is offering counseling and support to students affected by the situation.

A US Coast Gaurd boat searched the waters of the entrance to Humboldt Bay yesterday.

UPDATE 10:42 a.m.: Humboldt State University released the following statement:

Humboldt State University is continuing to offer support and counseling for those in our campus community following yesterday’s accident at the North Jetty in Eureka.


The student involved the accident was KeyMaan Stringer, a 19-year-old freshman from Los Angeles. He has not been found, despite an intense rescue effort involving the U.S. Coast Guard and other first responders.


For those who are struggling with grief or otherwise, know that help is available. Students can contact Counseling & Psychological Services at 707.826.3236. The Dean of Students Office can also be reached at 707.826.3504. Staff or faculty seeking additional support may utilize the Employee Assistance Program at 707.443.7358. And, all students, staff, faculty and community members are also encouraged to please share the National Hotline 1-800-273-TALK (8255), a 24/7 free and confidential resource.


We will keep the campus community updated as we learn more.




  • Hope they find his body but they may not the waters at the Humboldt Bay Bar entrance are always wild & rough.

    • unbridled philistine

      If you are planning on fishing the jetty or anywhere around the ocean? You should invest in a inflatable life vest wear under your jacket. Got one for around 80 bucks. Worth it. So sorry for this young man and his family. People just do not respect the waves like they should.

  • Condolences to his family & friends!!!

  • Beautiful but Dangerous Jetty


  • Sorry he didn’t ask people about fishing there that it’s very dangerous or even listen to the weather reports they tell you how dangerous it is there

    • Your pretty cold hearted Claudia. Who’s to say he didn’t know the conditions? Who’s to say he wasn’t familiar with that fishing spot??

      I hope your loved ones don’t take you as a cold hearted one too…

      • Anti troll league

        You may think that but she’s obviously right. No need to insult because you see an insult where there might be none. The stories have reported that he was an HSU student from Los Angeles. Her assumptions are reasonable.

        • Yes but everyone sits on the sidelines and acts like they know everything about everything. I read her condescending comment earlier and thought the same. I also read that he jumped down to untangle his friends fishing line. Sometimes (and especially if you’re young) you might not be thinking about the dangers of the ocean. RIP dear boy. He died trying to help a friend.

          • How do you know he passed away? If you are not sure please do not make assumptions.

            • Now you’re nit picking. Maybe because my family has lived on the ocean for 6 generations and I’ve seen and heard a few things. Take my word for it.

              • Actually for your information his family and people are still looking so until you hear an update please keep positive minds. Negativity isn’t needed.

        • Never go out on the north jetty, not even on a calm day.

    • Except it’s not actually necessary to blame a (likely) deceased person for their death. Heartless and shameful.

  • I have seen lots of locals, who know what it’s like around here, out on the jetty. But the occasions I remember where someone had to be rescued from there were not locals. Of course, the media tends to report that a person was not a local and not mention it when they are.

    I can remember watching a couple of men with children climbing over the gate that used to be there. Right over the sign that said it was dangerous. I went to the woman waiting by the sign to say the every year people are swept off. It turns out that one of the men was a visitor and other was a local showing them the jetty. I left her following them to get the little kids anyway.

  • 2018-10-29 Mon 3:10 PM PDT 6.4 feet High Tide

    2018-10-29 Mon 10:45 PM PDT -0.5 feet Low Tide

    Makes for a stiff, outbound current when he went in, and for several hours after.

    Recovery any time soon, if ever, seems unlikely.

  • Accidents happen.
    The ocean is very powerful. We all could have jumped down to untangle a line and get whalloped by a sneaker wave. Theyre sneaky by definition. The timing sucks. Maybe they could have been wearing life preservers but really how many of us would/do? Not me.
    Let this be a reminder to really watch yourself when out&about, the sneaker waves have been crazy and the weather is more&more unpredictable.

    To his family, friends and community, so very sorry for your loss 😭
    Regardless of the comments in these articles please know our community grieves with you. We too have lost loved ones to the sea. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help.

  • In the mid 80’s my buddy and I drove down the North jetty during a storm, when waves crashing over the wall from the bay side started moving my Toyota truck sideways we decided to back out of there. Learned a valuable lesson on the power of the Ocean.

  • I personally knew Keymaan Stringer, he went to highschool with my son. Great kid, outgoing, personable and friendly. This hits home to closely for me, I watched them graduate this past May full of life all smiles. I hope they can find him so we can all have closure. I have heard to many stories of people never being found and I cannot imagine what his twin brother and family are going through right now. So please keep praying and hoping for the best.

    • Thank you Mr Keller for putting a face and personality on this tragic story… Your comment has done more than any of the others I saw to make this story real and so heartbreaking. I can’t imagine what his family and friends are going through right now. I hope they know that we are sending them Hugs, Love & Prayers..
      You have given those of us who have lived here for years and been out on that jetty many times a very important reminder of how dangerous it can be.

    • Sending up Prayers for the families, friends and others. Keymaan is my granddaughter Sadie’s best friend. She is lost for words.

  • Im a good friend of Keymaan when he lived out here in Los Angeles and its saddening to read what i just read but i will say that of all the things i truely had love for him and more and he was such a high spirit person and great with others and him teaching me to be optimistic i believe that somehow someway that a miracle will happen it happens all the time when we dont expect it….im broken from this news and at a loss of words

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