Pilot rescued after plane crash in Humboldt Bay

An MH-65 Dolphin Air crew from Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco responds to the site of a downed aircraft, Feb. 6, 2020, in Arcata Bay, California. The Coast Guard continues to monitor the situation and any possible environmental impacts. (Photo by U.S. Coast Guard)

EUREKA – The U.S. Coast Guard and partner agencies responded to a plane crash in North Humboldt Bay on Thursday morning, Feb. 6.

At approximately 7:10 a.m., the Eureka Police Department relayed a distress call to Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay watchstanders from a commercial pilot after his plane crashed. 

Watchstanders dispatched a Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay 29-foot Response Boat Small boatcrew, a Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and a small boatcrew from the Coast Guard Cutter Dorado to respond. 

Watchstanders also issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast requesting assistance from mariners in the area and notifying them of the hazard to navigation.

At approximately 7:50 a.m., the Dolphin helicopter crew and a Humboldt Bay Port Authority small boat arrived on scene. The small boat recovered the pilot with no reports of any injuries.

"The environment in the Humboldt Bay area can be very unforgiving and dangerous to both boats and aircraft, which is why a strong network of maritime partners is so important," said Capt. Clint Schlegel, the Sector Humboldt Bay deputy commander. "We are extremely grateful to the Humboldt Bay Port Authority for rescuing the aircraft pilot. In cases like this, every second counts and their actions prevented this incident from taking a tragic turn."

The pilot was safely transferred to emergency medical services at Woodley Island Marina.

There are no reports of pollution at this time.  

 







 







 







 







 







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