Safety and Public Awareness
News reporting arrests, weather warnings, product recalls, and other important information relating to safety and public awareness, are found in this category.
Update-Jan. 28, 2013
On Sun., Jan 27, a Shelter Cove woman was swept out to sea and drowned by a sneaker wave while walking along Little Black Sands Beach near Shelter Cove.
Use the player below to hear an interview with Cheryl Anthony, duty officer of the Shelter Cove Volunteer Fire Dept, describing the rescue attempt and also to hear about a movement to increase sneaker wave warning signage in the Shelter Cove area. This piece was aired on Mon., Jan 28, 2013 on the KMUD Local News by Christina Aanestad.
See below for the original post on this incident.
According to a press release from the U.S. Coast Guard, dated Jan. 27, 2013:
A 32-year-old woman was swept out to sea today while walking on Black Sand Beach with her friend and her dog. Her friend called the Coast Guard, and Coast Guard Group Humboldt Bay diverted a helicopter and launched a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat from Station Noyo River to search for the woman in the water. Additionally, Shelter Cove Fire Rescue were called in to assist.
The helicopter was able to locate her within minutes of arriving on scene and relay her position to the Fire Rescue boats. Her body was recovered and brought to the emergency medical personnel on shore, who pronounced her dead.
The Coast Guard reminds everyone to be vigilant while recreating on the beaches in Northern California. Winter is an especially dangerous time, and sneaker waves can catch beach goers by surprise, washing them into the sea. People walking along the beach should not turn their back to the ocean. Families and dog owners should protect themselves and their loved ones from surf zones and avoid low-lying areas.
According to an article in the Times-Standard, the woman who drowned was from Shelter Cove, but as of Sunday, Jan., 27, her name has not been released pending next of kin. Click for more information in the Times Standard
According to information recently released jointly by the California Highway Patrol, National Weather Service, and Caltrans:
The winter season brings the threat of small hail showers to Northwest California. Accumulating hail on roadways can result in very slick driving conditions. In fact, driving on a hail covered road is very similar to driving on a sheet of ice. Motorists can easily lose control of their vehicle resulting in a collision.
Here are some small hail weather event driver’s safety tips:
- Dark clouds ahead signal the potential for hail.
- Slow down and use your seatbelts. Small hail will make roads icy. Keep a constant watch for other vehicles.
- Turn on your headlights. Anytime your windshield wipers are on, your headlights are required to be on – it’s the law.
- Turn off cruise control. This will allow you to better react to sudden weather changes.
- Don’t panic. If you begin to slide on a hail covered roadway, slowly take your foot off the gas pedal. And remember, don’t slam on the brakes or make any sudden steering adjustments.
"Small hail on north coast roadways can make for extremely hazardous driving conditions and has been a factor in far too many traffic collisions causing injuries and claiming lives. A small hail event can come in an instant and without prior notice. The CHP's hope is that partnering with Caltrans District 1 and the National Weather Service in Eureka to launch this campaign will reduce the amount of weather related traffic collisions and ultimately save lives," said Garberville Area CHP Lieutenant Commander Adam Jager.
"Small hail showers occur most often in the winter and early spring, but can occur in the fall as well," said Nancy Dean, Meteorologist in Charge, National Weather Service Eureka. "Motorists should be on the lookout for dark, stormy clouds ahead and/or very heavy rainfall. Both can indicate the potential for small hail on the road just ahead."
"Weather conditions can change quickly on the north coast. Most winter accidents are the result of driving too fast for the conditions. Slow down, use your seat belt and arrive safely to your destination," said Charlie Fielder, Caltrans District 1 Director.
Please drive safely this winter season!
Photo: (From left to right) Charlie Fielder, Caltrans District 1 Director; Nancy Dean, Meteorologist in Charge, National Weather Service Eureka; and Garberville Area CHP Lieutenant Commander Adam Jager join to raise awareness about small hail on area roadways.
According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Jan. 16, 2013:
On 01-15-2013, approximately 7:00 p.m., a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputy was dispatched to a local hospital emergency room to meet with a gunshot victim. When the deputy arrived he met with the 28 year old male victim and his wife, who are Fortuna residents. They told the deputy they drove to Samoa Beach, off New Navy Base Road, at approximately 5:30 p.m. They parked in a turnout approximately 100 yards north of the Samoa Beach County Campground, exited their vehicle and walked towards the beach. When they arrived at the beach they went for a walk, south along the wave slope, for about 30 to 45 minutes, when they heard two or three gunshots. They did not see anyone in the area. The gunshots were seconds apart. After the second shot her husband felt a burning sensation in his buttocks and foot. He saw his foot was covered in blood. They ran back to their vehicle and drove to the hospital to seek treatment. They have no idea who did this or why. There are no suspects at this time. The victim is expected to recover from his injuries.
Deputies responded to the area described and checked the area. No witnesses, other victims or suspects were located.
Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.
A press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Jan., 15, 2013, stated:The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has been receiving complaints from private property owners in the Kneeland-Greenwood Heights area due to low snow levels. The Sheriffs Office and property owners would like to remind snow seekers that Kneeland is primarily all private property, and deputies are issuing misdemeanor citations for trespassing.
Snow seekers should utilize the Horse Mountain, Six Rivers National Forest areas for recreational activity. If you do plan to recreate in the snow remember wet and cold weather can cause hypothermia. A cell phone, map or GPS is also very helpful. Keep in mind not all rural areas have cell phone coverage and cell phone batteries need to be fully charged.