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Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

On July 28, 2021, at about 2:23 p.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the North Jetty for the report of a boating accident.

During their investigation, deputies learned that the operator of a fishing boat became disoriented due to fog in the area, causing the boat to capsize in the breaking waves north of the North Jetty. The operator and a passenger were able to make it safely to shore. They were transported to the nearby United States Coast Guard (USCG) Sector Humboldt Bay station and treated for cold water exposure.

The boat was recovered with the help of Zerlang and Zerlang Marine Services.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the following agencies for their assistance with this investigation: USCG Sector Humboldt Bay, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Samoa Volunteer Fire Department, and Zerlang and Zerlang Marine Services.