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Helicopter rescue of distressed hiker caught on video

Coast Guard saves distressed hiker on Lost Coast Trail

The Coast Guard rescued a 29-year-old female hiker Thursday from the Lost Coast Trail approximately 45 miles south of Humboldt Bay using a helicopter.
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The Coast Guard rescued a 29-year-old female hiker Thursday from the Lost Coast Trail approximately 45 miles south of Humboldt Bay using a helicopter.

A hiker’s activation of an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) led to a dramatic rescue Thursday.

At about 11 a.m., the Coast Guard was notified of a distressed hiker activating an EPIRB on Thursday along the Lost Coast Trail, around 45 miles south of Humboldt Bay, according to a report. The woman was in need of medical treatment.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter rescue crew from the Humboldt Bay Coast Guard Air Station arrived, lowering a rescuer and a basket to hoist the 29-year-old, the Coast Guard reported. The helicopter crew then transferred her to a local hospital.

“We encourage people hiking in remote locations to always carry an EPIRB,” said Cmdr. Kevin Barres, the Sector Humboldt Bay response chief. “They are designed to save your life and in this case, it allowed us to rapidly assist a hiker in distress.”

The rescue was captured on video by the helicopter crew.

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