Just in from AFD:
McKinleyville Family’s Horses Assist with Beach Rescue
MCKINLEYVILLE, CA- (08/13/2011)-
A McKinleyville family of six and their two horses Sioux and Vego assisted with the rescue of a 54 year old beach goer after she slipped and injured her ankle while hiking. The injured woman was visiting the beach near the mouth of the Mad River when she slipped on the moss covered rocks and was rendered unable to walk. The patient’s friends called 911 and gave rescuers their general location, which was a remote portion of the beach. Arcata Fire Department and Arcata Mad/River Ambulance were dispatched and after searching the area discovered the injured woman on the edge of Mad River near its mouth.
Rescuers were concerned with an incoming tide because the patient was down between the river edge and a steep cliff. As they began to make arrangements with Calfire to have the patient air lifted out the Robinson & Alexander families and their two equestrian friends were summoned by firefighters and they gladly obliged. As the horses were prepared for their new task the patient was packaged for a spectacular beach ride on unstable terrain. The patient was loaded and the family assisted the rescuers lead the horses to an awaiting ambulance.
The patient was extremely grateful for the family and their horses. Although she was in a great deal of pain the rescue went off without a hitch and the woman was transported in stable condition to a local hospital.