UPDATE: Two Die After Being Pulled from Submerged Vehicle



The California Highway Patrol reports the two men pulled from a submerged vehicle this morning have died. Their names and ages were not released.


Humboldt Bay Fire rescue swimmers pulled two people from a submerged vehicle near the third span of the Samoa Bridge around 2:40 a.m., according to a news release.

Both of the individuals were unresponsive, the release states, and were taken to St. Joseph Hospital. Their condition was not immediately available. 

Read the CHP release below:
On 08/05/2020, at approximately 2:30 AM, the Humboldt Area CHP received a call of a vehicle off the road and into the water on northbound SR-255 near the third span of the Samoa Bridges.

A pedestrian in the area observed a vehicle submerged in the water on the east side of the bridge and walked into Eureka to make a call to 911. Upon CHP arrival, it was determined that a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu had been traveling northbound on SR-255, south of the third span of the Samoa bridges, when it left the roadway for unknown reasons.

Emergency personnel responded to the scene and located two adult males in the submerged vehicle. Life saving efforts were started and both parties were transported to St. Joseph's Hospital. However, both occupants of the Malibu succumbed to their injuries and were subsequently pronounced deceased.

The Humboldt County Coroner's office is coordinating notification of next-of-kin for each of the involved parties and their identities are being withheld pending that notification. It is not known if alcohol and/or drugs were a factor.

The CHP Humboldt Area Office is continuing to investigate this collision and asks anyone who may have information to contact the office at 707-822-5981 or send an email to [email protected]

Read the full Humboldt Bay Fire release below:
On 8-5-2020 at 2:33 A.M. Humboldt Bay Fire was dispatched to a water rescue in Humboldt Bay at the third span of the Highway 255-Samoa Bridge.

Humboldt Bay Fire units arrived on scene to find Eureka Police and California Highway Patrol Officers who had located a submerged, mid-sized sedan upside down about twenty-five feet from shore. Humboldt Bay Fire swimmers accessed the area through thick brush and immediately deployed to the vehicle. Two unresponsive victims were pulled from the vehicle and brought to shore within six minutes of the swimmers’ deployment.

The victims were transferred to fire, ems, and law personnel on shore who started life-saving measures. The victims were transported by City Ambulance to St. Joseph Hospital. Their condition is unknown at the time of this release.

Samoa Fire, Arcata Fire, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, and the U.S. Coast Guard responded to help search the area for additional victims and to provide manpower with no additional victims being located. Please refer to the California Highway Patrol for the investigation of the accident. 

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