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Dog rescued by Coast Guard after falling 300 feet off Oregon cliff

Jun 16, 2023, 9:20 AM | Updated: Jun 17, 2023, 5:38 pm

Screenshot of video released by the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Astoria before members hoist a dog...

Screenshot of video released by the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Astoria before members hoist a dog that fell from a cliff in Ecola State Park, Cannon Beach, Oregon on June 14, 2023. The dog fell 300 feet and was injured in a secluded area of the beach that could only be reached by repelling down the cliff or by air. (U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 2nd Diolanda Caballero)

(U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 2nd Diolanda Caballero)

CANNON BEACH, Ore. — The United States Coast Guard has released a video of crews rescuing a German Shepherd that fell over 300 feet down an embankment at an Oregon state park.

The Cannon Beach Rural Fire Protection District said it received a call from a hiker around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday saying their dog had fallen off the cliff on the Clatsop Trail leading to the Lighthouse Lookout at Ecola State Park.

Coast Guard officials said the section of beach where the dog landed is only accessible by repelling down from the trail. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from the Coast Guard’s Astoria air station arrived and lowered a rescuer into the ocean near the beach, who swam ashore and prepared the pup for the hoist.

The dog was safely hoisted up to the helicopter in a basket and was later reunited with her owners at the state park. Firefighters said the owners took the German Shepherd to a veterinarian hospital to be evaluated.

“She’s a strong girl!” Coast Guard officials tweeted late Thursday night.

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Dog rescued by Coast Guard after falling 300 feet off Oregon cliff