Coast Guard calls off search for HSU student swept out to sea

NORTH JETTY – The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search this morning for a 19-year-old Humboldt State student who was swept into the sea Monday afternoon, Oct. 29 while fishing with friends.

The Coast Guard was called to the North Jetty of Humboldt Bay at 4:32 p.m. to search for KeyMaan Stringer, a freshman from Los Angeles.

“The Coast Guard and partner agencies search approximately 160 square-nautical miles for 16 hours in a continuous effort to locate the man,” states a press release from the Coast Guard, which used both its MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and 47-foot motor lifeboat to conduct multiple search patterns.
At first light this morning, the U.S. Coast Guard helicopter could be heard heading southbound toward the search area.

Also assisting in the search were the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, Humboldt Bay Fire, Samoa Fire District and California State Parks.

Humboldt State issued a statement today, Oct. 30, offering support for students.

“Humboldt State University is continuing to offer support and counseling for those in our campus community following yesterday’s accident at the North Jetty in Eureka,” states the HSU press release. “For those who are struggling with grief or otherwise, know that help is available. Students can contact Counseling & Psychological Services at (707) 826-3236. The Dean of Students Office can also be reached at (707) 826-3504. Staff or faculty seeking additional support may utilize the Employee Assistance Program at (707) 443-7358. And, all students, staff, faculty and community members are also encouraged to please share the National Hotline 1-(800) 273-TALK (8255), a 24/7 free and confidential resource.”

“Our thoughts are with all of those affected by this accident, and the University is reaching out to provide support to friends and others,” states a press release from HSU.


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