U.S. Coast Guard
NORTH JETTY – The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a man from the Humboldt Bay North Jetty Thursday, Jan. 26 after he became stranded in his vehicle during a period of high surf and high tide.
Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay watchstanders dispatched crews aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from McKinleyville and a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat to the scene after being notified at approximately 11:26 a.m., that a man had driven his vehicle onto the jetty, where his vehicle became disabled, putting him in distress from breaking waves and high tides.
The Coast Guard aircrew determined the conditions to be too hazardous for other means of rescue, and hoisted the man into the helicopter. The man was reportedly uninjured and the vehicle remains on the jetty until conditions are safe for recovery.
The Coast Guard reminds the public to remain vigilant during changing ocean conditions and remain off coastal rocks, jetties, and outcroppings during periods of high surf. When boating, always wear a life jacket, file a float plan, and check the weather before heading out. The National Weather Service forecast for the area can be found at wrh.noaa.gov/eka/.