Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay rescues 16-year-old hiker from cliff


MCKINLEYVILLE, Calif. - A 16-year-old boy was rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter crew after he fell from the Coastal Trail on Highway 101 and was stranded 300 feet up from a cliff near Crescent City on October 14.

Officials said the Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay watchstanders were called by the Del Norte County Sheriff's Office around 10 p.m., to request a helicopter hoist for a boy who was stuck on a cliff near Highway 101.

The boy had reportedly been hiking along the trail when he fell over the edge and caught himself 300 feet above the ocean on a one-foot-wide ledge.

Officials said watchstanders dispatched a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew who arrived on scene around 10:45 p.m. and found the boy after he flashed his cellphone light at the helicopter. The crew assumed a 240-foot hover over the boy and used all 245 feet of the hoist cable to rescue him.

The boy was taken to Del Norte County Airport in Crescent City, where he was taken to a local hospital by emergency personnel.

"This case is a great example of the interagency efforts that go into a successful rescue," said Capt. Greg Fuller, the commander of Sector Humboldt Bay. "The entire rescue team did an excellent job working together to get our crews in place and get the boy back to safety."

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