On 12-29-07 at 1518 hours the Humboldt Sheriff’s Office was notified of two persons yelling for help across the river from milepost 14.25 on the Avenue of the Giants. Sheriff Deputies, State Parks Rangers and Fire personnel were dispatched to the area. The two men were located by rescue personnel, but were unable to get them back across the river. It was found that the men had been boating and rolled their boat. The men were able to swim to shore. Parks Rangers said the walk out of that location is about 15 miles to the closest trailhead. The Sheriff Deputy on scene requested a Sheriff Boat respond to the area to get the victims across the river. A Sheriff’s Jet boat was brought to the area and was able to get the men back across the river. Both men were checked by medical personnel at the scene and released.
The victims were identified as Timothy Lockhart of Myers Flat and John Vallesillo of Indio California.