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Location: Patrick's Point State Park/Agate Beach
Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Agate Beach Sunday afternoon after receiving a report that a woman was stranded on the nearby unstable bluffs. At about 2:30 p.m., personnel with the California State Parks requested assistance with the cliff rescue. Eight members of the all-volunteer Sheriff’s Posse responded to the beach and were able to get a harness and rope on the woman. The U.S. Coast Guard launched a helicopter to assist, however, they were limited by foggy conditions. Meanwhile, personnel from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) secured a “Z-rig” to pull the victim up the cliff-face. At the top of the cliff, an inmate fire crew worked to widen the trail for the trucks. The victim was safely brought to the top of the cliff. State Parks personnel then drove her to her car. The victim was identified as Rochelle Machado, 19 of McKinleyville. Machado was cold and complained of pain in her ankle.