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Sunday, August 1, 2010

MH-65C Involved in Cliffside Rescue

A U.S. Coast Guard MH-65C Dolphin rescued a kayaker stranded in the surf near Trinidad Head July 4 in McKinleyville, Calif. Photo by Lt. Todd Vorenkamp, U.S. Coast Guard
A U.S. Coast Guard MH-65C Dolphin from McKinleyville, Calif.-based Air Station Humboldt Bay assisted in two separate water rescues over the Independence Day weekend. On July 4, the helicopter airlifted a man whose kayak overturned in the surf near the rocky cliffs of Trinidad Head (see image at left). The previous day, an MH-65C was the first to find a capsized boat with three survivors by locating the vessel’s emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB). After lowering rescue swimmer PO2 David Foreman into the water to assess the situation, the Dolphin hoisted three survivors—who were showing signs of hypothermia—and flew them to a nearby airport for transfer to EMS personnel. (From August 2010 Rotorcraft Report)

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