Video: Dramatic Rescue of Teen Who Went Down Cliff to Save His Dog
19-year-old Ivan Salas was rescued yesterday after he tumbled down a cliff side about 150 feet, as he went after his dog during a family hike.
As Salas hiked in Lake View Terrace with his dad, whose water bottle went down the hillside. The dog went after the bottle and Salas went down after him. Salas and the dog were stranded from noon until 90 minutes later when firefighters rescued the pair. Firefighters rappelled down the cliff and lowered the man and dog to safety.
Video captured the dramatic rescue.
"It was extremely scary, dangerous. I don't know what I was thinking when I went down," he said. "It's not just a dog, it's family and my best friend at the same time, so I had to do it." [...] "(The rocks) were hitting me in the face and my dog too, and then my dog started panicking, she was going crazy. I just grabbed her tight," said Salas.
Salas and his dog were uninjured.