August 25, 2011

Coast Guard saves vessel from North Jetty rocks

Boatcrews from Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay rescued one person and his boat after it was pushed against the North Jetty rocks near the Humboldt Bay entrance, Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2011.

Press release:

MCKINLEYVILLE, Calif. – A Coast Guard boatcrew from Station Humboldt Bay towed a fishing vessel to safety this morning in dense fog off the jetty rocks at the Humboldt Bay entrance.

The 20-foot fishing vessel ran out of gas and was pushed against the jetty rocks by the incoming swell.  The Coast Guard was notified of the distress by Johnny’s Marina, who was temporarily in communication with the vessel. The rescue crews immediately launched a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat and a 25-foot rescue boat to assist the distressed boat.

A Coast Guard ground party assisted the fishing vessel’s owner to shore from the rocks as the rescue boats arrived on scene. The fishing vessel did not experience significant structural damage, and the Coast Guard waited until the incoming tide lifted the boat enough to tow it clear of the rocks and to Woodley Island.

The Coast Guard often depends on good Samaritans to assist in times of distress. Anytime you see or hear a mariner in distress please do not hesitate to contact the Coast Guard on channel 16 or by calling 707-839-6100. Additionally, mariners are always reminded to have the proper safety gear before getting underway. Having the life jackets, flares, and a properly working radio will help during a time of distress.

February 26, 2010

By the way, the Coast Guard is a freebie

Wondering if you should signal or accept help from the brave women and men in orange? Remember, they don’t charge you. Taxpayer-paid, baby. So if you’re sucked out to sea or otherwise in need of assistance and the Coasties show up with a helping hand – take it.

February 24, 2010

Search suspended

The Coast Guard suspended the search for a suspected missing surfer in the vicinity of Trinidad, Calif., Wednesday morning.

The found kite sail.

A kite surfing sail was spotted in the water near Pilot Rock off of Trinidad at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon and the Coast Guard immediately launched air and surface assets to search for anyone in the water that may have been kite surfing.

The Coast Guard remained in the area until 1:00 a.m. and then suspended the search. As of Wednesday morning, no surfers have been reported missing and no one has claimed ownership of the kite.

An official press release will be issued this afternoon.

February 3, 2010

February Meeting Minutes

View February’s minutes here.

November 6, 2009 | 1 Comment

Big swell – be careful out there!

The T-S has a little story.

FRI…SW WIND 10 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 9 TO 11 FT AT 14 SECONDS…BUILDING TO NW 16 TO 18 FT AT 16 SECONDS

SAT…S WIND 5 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 3 FT. NW SWELL 22 FT.

SUN…E WIND 5 KT…BECOMING SE. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. NW SWELL 19 FT SUBSIDING TO 16 FT IN THE AFTERNOON.

Low tide Saturday is 8:12 a.m.

High tide Saturday is 2:08 p.m.

Remember that guy that thought he could surf big Harbor and ended up washed in at King Salmon? He had to hitchhike back around the bay to the parking lot? Meanwhile the Coast Guard helicopter and boats were searching for him? And remember those two guys who thought they’d surf whitewater at Power Poles, but ended up washed down the spit, unable to get to shore? The Coast Guard had to pluck them from the water. And that girl who thought she’d ride foam at the Jetty and got sucked into the rip? She screamed for help and was lucky a couple Coasties were nearby to rescue her. And all the people who’ve been too close when the big waves hit and ended up dead or close to it? Be smart out there, folks. The ocean puts on a good show. If you’re not an experienced big wave surfer, sit back and watch the show from a safe distance.

March 30, 2009

Rescued surfer update

The “30-year-old” surfer rescued from Camel Rock yesterday is actually 34-year-old Andy O’Brien, member of Likwefi, proprietor of Botaniwipe, brother of Surfrider Humboldt logo designer Matt O’Brien, family man and general all around great guy.
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March 29, 2009 | 1 Comment

Surfer rescued from Camel Rock

MCKINLEYVILLE, Calif. – A crew from Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay assisted CALFIRE in the medical evacuation of a 30-year-old man who was injured while surfing near McKinleyville,Calif., today. At 10:57 a.m., the Coast Guard received the initial report of the injured surfer from a CALFIRE team that had arrived on scene and descended from the Luffenholtz Beach parking area to the popular surfing spot known as Camel Rock, located 200 feet below. The team determined an evacuation of the surfer up the steep access pathway to the parking lot would be very difficult.

The rescue team determined a Coast Guard rescue helicopter would be the safest and most expeditious means of rescue transportation to a local hospital. Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay diverted an HH-65C Dolphin helicopter, already in the immediate area, to the scene. The aircraft, piloted by Lt. Stephen Baxter and Lt. j.g. Adam Wolfe, proceeded directly to the Luffenholtz Beach area where the crew was able to land directly on the beach due to low tides.
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March 2, 2009

U.S. Coast Guard rescues surfer at Camel Rock – video

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Dude, what happened to his board?

February 24, 2009

Coast Guard rescues surfer from hazardous rip current

McKINLEYVILLE, Calif.- The Coast Guard rescued a surfer in distress near Camel Rock on Monday afternoon.

The surfer, a 17-year male from Arcata, was surfing at Camel Rock when he was overcome by the offshore rip current. His friend, 19 year-old Thaddeus Zoellner of Arcata, was able to make it to the beach where he called for help.

Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay immediately launched an HH-65C helicopter to the scene along with a 47′ motor life boat, from Station Humboldt Bay. Once on-scene, it was evident that the surfer was exhausted from fighting the choppy seas, so the helicopter crew determined the safest method of recovery would be to lower a rescue swimmer to the water to aid in the recovery.

Anderson was transported to the Coast Guard Air Station where he was treated and released to his family.

This case is another example of the ferocity of the North Coast. The two gentlemen involved were both quite lucky and their smart thinking was crucial to their survival. Camel Rock is one of the more popular surfing spots in the area, but as this case shows, the rip-currents can be deceiving from shore. The Coast Guard highly encourages surfers and other people doing activities, on or near the water, to always go with a friend and to notify somebody else of where you are going and when you will return.

For video, follow this link.

December 17, 2008

Buoy removal from Big Lagoon

McKinleyville, Calif. -The Coast Guard has arranged for the removal of Humboldt Bay Buoy Nine from the Big Lagoon Spit by a commercial heavy-lift helicopter on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008.

The buoy was reported adrift January 30, 2008 and discovered on Big Lagoon beach on February 3, having drifted about 20 nautical miles. The buoy is about 17 feet long, seven feet in diameter and weighs about eight tons.

The Coast Guard delayed the recovery of the buoy until now to limit the possible disruption of the Western Snowy Plover and California Brown Pelican that are known to live in the area.