[Update] Medical Rescue in the King Range Conservation Area

Medical RescueThis morning, emergency personnel have been paged out to a medical rescue in the King Range.

According to scanner traffic, HCSO is reporting a 74-year-old male, with unknown injuries, is in need of a medical rescue on the bluffs above Randall Creek.

Honeydew Fire, Petrolia Fire, Eel River Technical Rescue, Southern Humboldt Technical Rescue, and City Ambulance have been requested to respond. The initial scanner transmission indicated that the U.S. Coast Guard declined the call.

We will update this article if, and when, additional information becomes available.

Please remember that information gathered from initial reports is subject to revision as more facts become available.

Update 10:11 a.m.: Redheaded Blackbelt spoke with Drew Barber, spokesperson for Petrolia Fire, as they prepare for the medical rescue call. Barber stated that the rescue involved multiple factors with little information.

If the coordinates provided to first responders are correct, the rescue will require a hike over difficult terrain in order to access the patient, including crossing a low-tide-only access point. At minimum, Barber said, it will take rescue crews 1.5 hours to reach the patient in the remote area.

The quickest access to the patient would be via Coast Guard helicopter, however, Barber relayed, weather is prohibiting an air rescue at this time.

In addition to an extensive trek to reach the patient, rescue crews must prepare for a wide variety of needs once they gain access to the patient. Often information is scarce during remote rescues so emergency personnel must prepare for all manner of medical needs, up to and including, life threatening issues.

The personnel responding to this incident are volunteer emergency personnel. Please consider donating to their organizations or a VFD near you.

We will continue to update on this incident as additional information becomes available.

Update: Volunteer Agencies Come Together to Assist in Medical Rescue Near Randall Creek

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Giant Squirrel
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Giant Squirrel
2 months ago

Don’t get yourself into a situation you can’t get out of. 74 is a bit old for that hike

Yabut
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Yabut
2 months ago
Reply to  Giant Squirrel

At 74 getting the mail can lead to a situation you can’t get out of. In fact getting out of bed in the morning can do it. Right on, old duffer on the beach. Keep living life as long as you can…

Chuck U
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Chuck U
2 months ago
Reply to  Yabut

When I was 20 I climbed Mt. Whitney and half way up taking a rest a 96 year old woman passed me and said something like “suck it up buttercup”. About 4/5ths of the way she passed me on her way back down, so you never know

It's a Dog's LifeD
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It's a Dog's Life
2 months ago
Reply to  Chuck U

🤣🤣

Chuck U
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Chuck U
2 months ago

Remembering that I was inspired to look her up, actually doing the math she was 86 when she schooled me but did do it and Mt. Fuji at age 91. “Grandma Whitney”, everyone was talking about her at basecamp the night before
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hulda_Crooks

Lost Croat OutburstD
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Lost Croat Outburst
2 months ago
Reply to  Yabut

Well, yeah, but it helps to get a weather report ahead of time and wait for a stretch of good weather when the rescue helicopters can FLY and volunteer ground rescue teams can risk their safety under less hazardous conditions. Foolish and inconsiderate for a person of his age to deliberately put others in jeopardy so he can prove something.

ABA
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ABA
2 months ago

“Deliberately put others in jeopardy so he can prove something.”

You have no idea what you’re talking about, but I guess since this article is about the Lost Coast you feel entitled to your outburst.

Yabut
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Yabut
2 months ago

Enjoy something maybe. It’s transference to saying “prove something” when you have zero information.

Mary Popa
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Mary Popa
2 months ago
Reply to  Yabut

😆 🤣 😂

Crap
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Crap
2 months ago
Reply to  Giant Squirrel

At 74 glad he is out getting it done. Good for him. Could be a broken ankle etc that a 24 year old would need rescuing. He has probably been doing this his whole life. What is the point of sitting around waiting to die if you can’t go do what you want.

Best wishes to the guy.

Lost Croat OutburstD
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Lost Croat Outburst
2 months ago
Reply to  Crap

Even better wishes and a big thank you to the rescue team risking their lives for a yay-hoo. If the hiker has been doing this for his whole life, and still put himself in this position, his 74 years has been misspent. Even people climbing mountains are usually on an established route where help is available. And they wait for good weather and they go with friends if they are old or otherwise physically challenged.

Crap
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Crap
2 months ago

It is good to know you are so claryvoint to know what happened and the whole story. In fact you wouldn’t mind kicking down the next lottery numbers would you since you are so skilled.

As for the rescue workers that is their job and choice. I know this because it is what I used to do. Other than being time consuming it is probably far less dangerous than responding to a car accident with all the idiot drives that think they don’t need to slow down while driving six inches from you because they are special and the rules don’t apply to them.

Try educating your self insted of being one of the perpetually indignent.

Lost Croat OutburstD
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Lost Croat Outburst
2 months ago
Reply to  Crap

I know he went on his hike with a predicted storm coming in and with high water everywhere, alone, at age 74. Try educating yourself about the KR and wilderness hiking in general.
like so many others, you didn’t think about the dangers that the rescue teams endured. Didn’t matter to any of you. La la la, hike down the beach in a storm, la la la.
I have hiked that beach more than once. I got a nice buck with friends at exactly Randall Creek years ago, one of my most memorable hunts. So maybe if you don’t know what you’re talking about why don’t you take a hike down the beach, only use your brain and check the weather, get a tide book, call the BLM beforehand. Summer’s coming on; you’ll probably make it. People have died on that beach, smart guy. And get back to us about the ball-bearing gravel and stuff and such.
The King Range is NOT to be trifled with. We just recently had another yahoo who said he faced off a bear at high tide or other sketchy story.

burblestein
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burblestein
2 months ago
Reply to  Lisa Music

And let’s not forget Willits VFD
74 E. Commercial Street
Willits, CA 95490

Yabut
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Yabut
2 months ago

Thank you to those willing to take in such challenges.

farfromputin
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farfromputin
2 months ago

As always thanks for your posts, RHBB. I have friends hiking in the Kings Range since Easter. They’re all 70 plus in age except for one in her mid sixties. One is a retired ranger from that area. They are probably ok, but I’ll wait for more updates.

Mike
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Mike
2 months ago

Just need to say that Petrolia volunteer fire department receives next to no financial support for helping out tourists in distress, or tourists who can’t navigate the roads, or even residents who have auto accidents or medical emergencies. Their fund-raising this year is way low – too busy doing the job they do. C’mon people, chip in for these heroes!

Corine
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Corine
2 months ago

Wow! I hope he’s okay! I hike with him yesterday! Stay save A!

georga b
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georga b
2 months ago

Your description of the challenges faced by rescue crews in these situations is really great! Well done!