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WVPD save man and dog from fall in Cypress Ravine
In what West Vancouver Police are calling “a high-risk, drama-filled rescue,” a couple and their dog are safe after a near-100-foot fall in Cypress Ravine.
On July 30, a dog belonging to a couple walking in the area of Cypress Ravine fell over a cliff. In an attempt to rescue the pet, the husband slipped over the cliff, breaking his fall by grabbing branches. As the husband clung to the branches, his wife called 911.
Const. James Hudson, a dog handler and search and rescue technician for the WVPD, tied multiple dog leashes together to and lowered the line to the stranded man. With his partner, Const. Dominic Toa, the officers pulled the man to safety unharmed.
Once on solid ground, the focus of the rescue turned toward the couple’s dog, which had fallen the length of the ravine. Eventually the pet was pulled to safety, but not before a rockslide took place during the rescue. A veterinarian treated the dog for non-life threatening injuries.
Police say the rescue is a warning to future walkers of the dangers present on the trails and ravines of the North Shore.
The WVPD was assisted by the North Shore Rescue helicopter team and the West Vancouver Fire Department’s high angle rescue squad.