Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Loyal Dog Stays With Woman Who Fell Down Cliff in Aptos

Loyal to his owner, the dog belonging to an Aptos woman watches nervously as firefighters lift his owner from an embankment where she fell while walking Wednesday. (Kevin Johnson/Sentinel)

The dog belonging to a woman who fell down an embankment in Aptos while walking Wednesday watches as firefighters rescue her. (Kevin Johnson/Sentinel)

By Stephen Baxter

APTOS - A woman walking a small dog Tuesday near McGregor Drive fell down a 60-foot embankment and was rescued by firefighters, the Aptos/La Selva Fire Protection District reported.
About 12:20 p.m., a Santa Cruz County woman walking a brown, mixed-breed dog on a railroad track near Borregas Creek slipped and fell down the embankment, said Aptos/La Selva Fire spokeswoman Carol Wallace. The woman was injured but she started to climb back up the embankment, authorities said. She later stopped because the ground was unstable, Wallace said. "It was a precarious area that had been washed out because of the storm last week," Wallace said.  A railroad crew investigating a slide near the embankment noticed the

Central Fire's cliff rescue crew, Aptos firefighters and firefighters from Corralitos used a rope rescue system to lift her with a Stokes basket, Wallace said. Her dog, which was uninjured, followed her up the hill next to the basket, Wallace said.

The woman's husband came to the scene and took care of the dog, and the woman was transported by helicopter to a Santa Clara County trauma center, Wallace said. Firefighters finished the rescue about 2 p.m.

I wish the lady has a speedy recovery. She has a wonderful dog to come home to. I love that dog. What a trooper. 

Pictures and content taken from Santa Cruz Sentinel. 

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