The hikers were wearing shorts and were wet and cold. The dispatcher was able to obtain GPS coordinates from the cell phone and a search and rescue was initiated. The GPS coordinates revealed the hikers were approximately three miles from Hookton Road and U.S. 101.
Humboldt County Sheriff Search and Rescue deputies and volunteers responded to the scene. At approximately midnight the hikers were located. They were all in good health other than being cold and wet, and did not need medical assistance. The other two hikers were identified as Jason Blum, 23 years old, and Lucas Sams, 28 years old, who were also from Eureka.
The sheriff’s office would like to remind hikers to tell family and friends where they are hiking, when they expect to return, and to bring appropriate equipment and clothing. This time of year the weather conditions can change rapidly. 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.