Tragedy at Big Lagoon

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office

BIG LAGOON – A 3-year-old toddler died after drowning Monday, Dec. 8 at Big Lagoon.

At about 3:05 p.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a missing toddler at the Big Lagoon County Park north of Trinidad.

Deputies were immediately dispatched including Sheriff’s Search and Rescue personnel.  Numerous other emergency personnel were also immediately dispatched including Cal Fire, Arcata-Mad River Ambulance, California State Parks Rangers, California Highway Patrol and a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter.

It was reported the juvenile was last seen near the water on the lagoon side of the park and rescuers, including local citizens, started searching.

The juvenile was located in the water by rescue personnel and quickly moved to an ambulance where paramedics performed lifesaving efforts. Tragically, the juvenile did not survive.

The name of the juvenile and family are not being released at this time out of respect for their privacy.

At this time, there is no indication this incident is anything other than an unfortunate accident.

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