Snowed in woman rescued by CHP helicopter


MADRIVER, Calif. - On Sunday at 11:25 a.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) received a report of a woman that was snowed in about 30 miles out on Route 1.

According to officials, the unidentified woman was in a fifth wheel trailer since the Friday before and had no means of evacuating herself from the area after the heavy snowfall.

Law enforcement reports that Special Services Deputies responded and realized they were not able to drive to the woman's location. On Monday, Nov 28, deputies used an all-terrain vehicle, called a snow cat, in an attempt to access the trailer.

HCSO reports that the snow cat was deployed in the area of Highway 36 near Titlow Hill while another responded in a 4-wheel drive truck from Highway 299. HSCO says that the snow cat was unable to reach the destination because of how deep the snow was and stopped around mile marker 44 on Route 1. The deputies responding in the 4 wheel truck were also unable to continue past mile marker 20.

HSCO says they then contacted PG&E and requested their assistance by using their snow cat. PG&E responded at 1:00 a.m. Tuesday morning and with the help of law enforcement they reached the area of mile marker 30 on Route 1.

Officials say they searched the area but were unable to locate the woman who was snowed in.

Later that morning official said they contacted the California Highway Patrol (CHP) in Redding and requested helicopter assistance.

At 12:23 p.m. the CHP helicopter located the women and after re-fueling in Arcata she was hoisted and rescued.

The rescuee was taken to a local hospital where she was medically cleared. She was running out of supplies and the situation would have become dire if she had not been rescued.