Scanner traffic at 12:04 p.m. requested rescue personnel from Mendocino Coast fire agencies respond to Howard Creek Beach to conduct a water rescue.
Initial reports indicate that a person is trapped along the beach due to high tide. Rescuers are discussing what equipment would be most appropriate to conduct the rescue operation.
A number of agencies were requested including Fort Bragg Fire, Westport Fire, CAL FIRE, and a CalStar air ambulance.
UPDATE 12:21 p.m.: An update from the reporting party stated that there are a total of twelve people stuck on the beach, their path impeded by a large rock and the rising tide. The access point was described as one mile north of the campground.
UPDATE 12:26 p.m.: A report from a rescuer on scene indicates the location of the incident is Vista Point north of the Abalone Point Campground. He described 10-12 people with no apparent injuries stuck in a “cave/cove” unable to get extricate themselves due to the rising tides.
UPDATE 12:31 p.m.: A five-meter rescue boat is being deployed out of the Noyo Harbor and making its way to the scene.
UPDATE 12:34 p.m.: Rescuers at the scene are requesting the Coast Guard station in Humboldt Bay be contacted so they could deploy a helicopter with a basket.
The group reportedly consists of seven children and three adults. The high tide is 2:00 p.m. meaning it will continue to rise.
UPDATE 12:45 p.m.: CalStar air ambulance reported they have the ability to take three people at a time if an appropriate landing zone could be established.
UPDATE 12:56 p.m.: There are reportedly 11 total “souls” on the beach and any/all air support report to the beach.
UPDATE 1:30 p.m.: A helicopter is at the scene equipping to conduct short hauls of the parties on the beach.
The Coast Guard helicopter has been canceled but the rescue boat will continue to the scene.
UPDATE 2:01 p.m.: A CALFIRE Helicopter has commenced hauling the parties out of the cove.
UPDATE 2:49 p.m.: Reports from the scene indicate all eleven parties have been successfully extricated from the beach.
UPDATE 2:58 p.m.: The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office posted on their Facebook page these images of the rescue:
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