Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing HSU Student

Crews searched the waters of the entrance to Humboldt Bay after man was reported to have fallen into the water while fishing on the North Jetty.

Crews searched the waters of the entrance to Humboldt Bay yesterday after a student at HSU was washed away by a wave while fishing. [Photo by Mark McKenna]

Press release from the US Coast Guard:

The Coast Guard suspended its search at approximately 9:50 a.m., Tuesday, for a man who was reportedly swept into the water from the Humboldt Bay North Jetty, Monday.

The Coast Guard and partner agencies searched approximately 160 square-nautical miles for 16 hours in a continuous effort to locate the man.

Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews and Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crews conducted multiple search patterns in the area. 

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection dispatchers first notified Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay watchstanders of the incident at 4:32 p.m., Monday. 

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, Humboldt Bay Fire-EMS, Samoa Fire District and California State Parks officials also aided in the search




  • Damn he’s crab cuisine. Don’t turn your back on the ocean. Ever.

    • How dare you this is someone’s kid [edit]. Have some remorse for the grief family he has a twin n they are suffering [edit]. And they haven’t found him yet don’t give up hope. This guy was so sweet to everyone and had a good spirit. I can’t stress this enough if you don’t have positive words and prayers don’t say anything negative trust because his family is going hard for him. He is truly loved.

  • oh dear, such a young man, so very sad, rip young man

  • This is so heartbreaking 😢 My stepson drowned at the mouth of the Klamath when he was 20. The coastguard called off search after 12 hours. Fortunately for us we had search parties that walked the beach and on the 3 rd day he washed up with the incoming tide. I pray the same happens for this young man’s family.

  • This is so sad. So very sad. My deepest sympathy to Mr. Stranger’s family.

  • So sorry to hear of another tragedy of a young college student whose whole life is ahead of him, who is taken way too soon.

    Sherri Butler, a teacher from Fortuna, lost her life on Big Lagoon @ 36 years ago to this same powerful ocean. Reflecting on this is awfully sad but the memories of her are so pleasant.

    My thoughts & prayers to the loved ones.

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