A dog was reunited with his owner after falling 300 feet from a cliff ledge – thanks to a heroic Coast Guard rescue team.
Four-legged adventurer Leo was plucked to safety by helicopter in a dramatic rescue, which unfolded at Ecola State Park near Cannon Beach in Oregon.
USCG Air Station Astoria spearheaded the mission after receiving emergency calls about a dog who had fallen and was now stuck.
The footage capturing the rescue shows Leo, visibly injured and frightened, lying at the bottom of the cliff.
A rescuer is lowered down the cliff face from the helicopter, with his calm presence offering reassurance to the terrified dog.
With gentle reassurance, the rescuer secures Leo in a harness and signals the awaiting helicopter.
The two are lifted to safety, and back on solid ground, a heartwarming reunion unfolds.
#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
With Leo swaddled in a blanket, he is reunited with his relieved family.
One crew member’s heartfelt comment, “Aw, hugs! Hugs all the way around,” encapsulates the emotional weight of the rescue.
While Leo’s exact condition remains undisclosed, his owners did release the following statement to the U.S. Coast Guard: “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.”