U.S. Coast Guard Rescues Dog That Fell Off Cliff

January 3, 2024

Today's good news story comes from Astoria, Oregon.

In a heartwarming and heroic tale of bravery, a U.S. Coast Guard aircrew based in Astoria embarked on a daring rescue mission to save a stranded canine companion named Leo at Ecola State Park.


The drama unfolded when Leo, a four-legged adventurer, tumbled off a cliff in the picturesque Ecola State Park.

Quick to respond, the Astoria Coast Guard aircrew sprang into action, launching a life-saving operation to retrieve the stranded dog.

The daring rescue was captured in a dramatic Hoist cam footage released by the Coast Guard, showcasing the precision and skill required to execute such a challenging mission.

The video revealed the Coast Guard rescue swimmer descending to Leo's location, securing the canine into a hoisting basket, and lifting him to safety.

At 4:15 pm, the Coast Guard helicopter touched down in a parking lot, where a joyous reunion awaited Leo and his anxious owners. The atmosphere was charged with emotion as the heroic rescue swimmer handed over the grateful pup to its tearful owners.

Leo's owners expressed their gratitude and relief, sharing their experience during this unexpected ordeal. "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," said the dog's owner, visibly relieved.

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