Just before 9 p.m. a tragedy began unfolding over the Mendocino County scanner. According to reports over the radio, a 6-year-old child was swept away in a river east of Covelo near the intersection of Etsel Ridge Road and Mendocino Pass Road.
The child was found and CPR was begun by local emergency medical personnel possibly from the fire department. A dispatcher sent an air ambulance to the scene.
However, according to reports over the scanner, the distraught father threatened to shoot those performing CPR on his child if they don’t succeed in reviving the child.
A Mendocino County Sheriff’s deputy and a CHP officer all responded to the scene.
Meanwhile, EMS kept performing CPR and the air ambulance kept flying toward the scene.
However, although the helicopter arrived near the scene, we do not believe it landed possibly because the situation was volatile.
UPDATE 11:25 p.m.: A person at the scene tells us that the helicopter did land but left without the child after a short stint on the ground.