Helicopter Rescues Calif. Dog Along Seaside Cliff

By ABC News

Mar 17, 2014 1:43pm

A black Labrador stuck high-above a 90-foot cliff along the California coast was rescued by a police helicopter.

The dog’s owner, who was not identified, called 911 around 2 p.m. Saturday to report that her dog had fallen over a cliff at Portuguese Beach.

Fearing that the owner or bystanders would try to rescue the dog on their own, officials sent a “Henry-1″ helicopter to rescue the dog, named Oreo, according to the Associated Press.

Officials found the dog about 40-feet down the 90-foot cliff, hovering on the 2-foot square ledge with no room to escape.

According to an incident report released by the Sheriff’s Office, a deputy sheriff secured himself on a “long line” attached to the helicopter and then was flown by the helicopter’s pilot within reach of the dog.

Within three minutes, the dog, who was already wearing a chest harness, was scooped up by the officer and brought to the top of the cliff.

Local fire personnel then reunited the dog with its owner.


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