Man drives on Humboldt jetty during high surf, is saved by helicopter

When buoys are putting out readings of 27-feet in Humboldt Bay near Eureka, California, it’s probably not the best idea to drive a vehicle onto the north jetty. But that is what one man did on Thursday morning, and he nearly lost his life because of it.

Tyler Whiteside was out watching the spectacle of the large and unruly ocean on Thursday morning and could not believe what he was seeing when a truck started driving out onto Humboldt Bay’s north jetty. As the truck persisted, Whiteside began filming.

As you can see in the video, the truck is having issues almost instantly. Being pummeled by whitewater from both sides, the driver keeps going. Someone eventually called 9-1-1 with the truck eventually becoming disabled, and the Coast Guard launched a helicopter and a 47-foot lifeboat. Realizing they could not save the man by land, they eventually sent a swimmer down from the helicopter.

Driving off into the abyss.

The man was thankfully rescued and apparently uninjured, but his red Nissan truck was stranded there. As the US Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay said in a press release after the incident, “The Coast Guard reminds the public to remain vigilant during changing ocean conditions and remain off coastal rocks, jetties, and outcroppings during periods of high surf.”

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