At 8:30 AM on Monday July 23rd a 26 year old Colorado woman, on a cross country hike, was in the Mt. St. Helens area with her two dogs. While on a trail, both of the dogs went over an embankment. The owner was able to get one dog up on her own, however “Maggie” a 90 lb Bernese Mountain dog, slipped down a 150 ft cliff. The owner was able to call for help and the United States Forest Service arrived on scene.
Shortly after Skamania County Sheriff’s Deputy George Barker arrived on scene, North Country EMS out of Yacolt, WA was called for assistance. A two rope raising system was utilized and 5 personnel and the owner descended down the mountain. Maggie was then hooked into the rope raising system and walked herself up. Maggie did not sustain any major injuries and was back on the road with her owner.
“This is a great example of how multiple agencies can work together to achieve a common goal. We were very happy to reunite Maggie with her owner so they can continue on their cross country journey” stated Deputy Barker.
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