Sacto 9-1-1
June 8, 2011
Coast Guard rescues victims of crash near Klamath River

A U.S. Coast Guard aircrew and the Del Norte County Sheriff's Office teamed up to rescue six people from a vehicle that ran off the road and overturned near the Klamath River this morning.

The vehicle went off the road about 7:30 a.m. and sheriff's deputies requested the Coast Guard's assistance after determining that medical evacuation was needed, according to a Coast Guard news release.

Two Coast Guard MH-65 dolphin helicopters from Air Station Humboldt Bay arrived at the scene about 9 a.m. and evacuated three people involved in the accident. Because of terrain that officials described as "nearly vertical and very challenging," two of the victims were hoisted from the embankment where they were found. The other victim was loaded onto the helicopter from a landing zone prepared by sheriff's deputies.

One victim was taken by helicopter directly to St. Joseph's Hospital in Eureka, according to the news release. The two victims in the other helicopter were transported to Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay, where they were transferred to ambulances for the trip to the hospital. The other three passengers were rescued by sheriff's deputies.

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