Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

On May 20, 2021, at about 7:30 p.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies, Special Services Deputies and the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Posse were dispatched to the Ossagon Trailhead, on the north end of the Newton B Drury Parkway near the Del Norte County line, to assist California State Parks with a search and rescue for two stranded hikers.

The hikers, a 30-year-old male and a 30-year-old female, had reportedly taken the Ossagon Trail to the beach and became stranded on a steep ocean bluff as darkness approached. Due to the remote location of the hikers and the ocean tide restricting access via ground, a United States Coast Guard (USCG) Helicopter was requested to assist. At about 9:40 p.m., the USCG helicopter arrived in the area, located the hikers and hoisted them to safety. No one was injured during this incident.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the California State Parks, the United States Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay and the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Posse for their response and coordination of a successful rescue. 

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