Ecola State Park in Oregon offers breathtaking ocean views along their miles of trails that span between Seaside and Cannon Beach atop steep cliffs.
It is a popular spot for dog owners to hike with their furry pals and take in the ocean breeze. The park rules state that all dogs must be on a leash no longer than six feet long at all times. On New Year’s Day, disaster struck for one family enjoying the trails with their beloved dog, Leo.
U.S. Coast Guard and fire departments from Cannon Beach, Nehalem Bay, and Seaside received the call about a dog who had fallen off a cliff and needed to be rescued.
Firefighters were preparing to rappel down the cliff when the Coast Guard aircrew from Astoria flew in to assist in the rescue.
A rescue swimmer from the team was lowered onto the secluded beach and located the injured dog. The dog was carefully lifted into the hoisting basket and the pair was lifted back up to the helicopter.
It landed in a nearby parking lot where Leo’s worried family was waiting to reunite with their dog and thank everyone involved in his rescue. A dramatic rescue video was shared on X by USCGPacificNorthwest as well as an update on Leo from his owners.
They shared, “Leo stayed overnight at an emergency vet. He has a few cuts and bruises. All things considered, he is doing good. We are so thankful he is alive and expected to recover.”
Viewers were quick to praise the heroes and were touched that they went to such great lengths to rescue a dog. @Denicemorty commented, “I’m honestly so impressed that they took this amount of time & effort to rescue a pet. I never knew they would do a rescue effort of this magnitude for an animal. I’m an animal lover & it makes me feel incredibly grateful that they make a beloved pet’s welfare as a priority too.”
Check out the rescue video below and don’t forget to share!
#UPDATE #BreakingNews Hoist cam footage of the dog rescue yesterday from Ecola State Park. From the owner: “Leo stayed overnight at an emergency vet. He has a few cuts and bruises. All things considered, he is doing good. We are so thankful he is alive and expected to recover.” pic.twitter.com/mnxTBQreUr
— USCGPacificNorthwest (@USCGPacificNW) January 2, 2024