Friday morning, two good pups became trapped in a bad situation.
Two pups slid halfway down a Fort Funston cliff. They ended up stranded on a rocky ledge. Luckily, two San Francisco firefighters came to their rescue.
Firefighters responded to the scene at 7:11 a.m. to rescue the canines, said Lt. Jonathan Baxter, a San Francisco Fire Department spokesman. Their human companion “did the right thing” by not trying to go over the cliff himself
Fort Funston stands on an off-leash dog park. However, it became recommended that owners keep their dogs on leashes if they feel unsure or if they know their voice commands may not be effective.
An accident happens in just a split second like in these dogs’ case.
“It just takes that one split-second that causes the incident,” he said. “You have to be attentive. You have to make sure you have an eye on your dogs.”
The rescue operation took a 14 person crew, officials said, but it was paramedic Art Julaton who rappelled down the cliff to carry the dogs back. He strapped them into a special harness to carry them up the cliff. The entire process was completed by 8 a.m. The dogs slid halfway down the cliff which is about 40 to 50 feet from the ground according to Lt. Jonathan Baxter, A San Francisco Fire Department spokesman.
“It’s over a 100 foot drop all the way to the bottom,” he said. “It’s not a survivable fall.”
Luckily, rescue workers saved these dogs and they were unscathed, but that might not always happen. It looks like the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Dog is really becoming helpful already this year!
This has apparently become a reoccurring incident on the cliff as you can see in the video below: