Friday March 7, 2014
Two Lucky Dogs -- George and Doug - Survive Landslide Along Clackamas RiverSalem-News.com
Clackamas officials save two of man's best friends.
(Clackamas, Oregon) - Today at 12:46 p.m. it was reported to Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Deputies that two, adult Golden Retriever dogs had been swept away by a landslide that carried the animals an estimated 175 ft. down to the base of a cliff in Eagle Creek. This particular slide location is reported to have an impressive 80 degree slope too.
Jennifer and John Grady reside at 29092 SE Crest Drive, in Eagle Creek, and called Clackamas County Dispatchers (CCOM) reporting the harrowing incident involving their two dogs. Pleasantly, yet astonishingly, the dogs were observed by the Grady's to be walking around at the base of the cliff soon after witnessing the dramatic slide - appearing unharmed - roaming along an inaccessible portion of the Clackamas River.
Deputies learned this slide occurred when the dogs rambled out onto an unstable overhang that collapsed, triggering the slide that whisked the two dogs over and down the side of the steep embankment. John Grady had been repairing a portion of his fence in the immediate area when the slide occurred and witnessed the event unfold.
Rescue personnel were able to collect the two Golden's and return the animals to the thankful Grady's. The two dogs, 8-year-old ‘George' and 10-year-old ‘Doug' are both reported in good condition.
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Marine Deputies, Estacada Fire and Clackamas Fire District #1 (Boat 8) rescue personnel responded upriver to rescue the two animals from their sudden predicament.
Rescue personnel also discovered a neighbor of the Grady's, Dustin Shatner, 20, elected to scale the side of the cliff independently to come to the aid of the two dogs. Dustin Shatner was also retrieved from along the edge of the river - unharmed -- with both of the animals named ‘George and Doug'.
The Grady's are very thankful for the rescue of their beloved animals, and relieved to learn no injuries resulted with the slide and the compassionate response of rescue personnel.
News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
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