Dog, feared dead, rescued from Oneonta Gorge cliff

Dog, feared dead, rescued from Oneonta Gorge cliff

Dog, feared dead, rescued from Oneonta Gorge cliff

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by Jeff Thompson, KGW.com Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on December 23, 2013 at 3:48 PM

PORTLAND -- A dog feared dead after falling over a cliff in the the Oneonta Gorge area Saturday was rescued, uninjured, Sunday afternoon.

"Rocky" fell over a cliff near Triple Falls Saturday. His owner and some friends searched for him Saturday and Sunday, but when they couldn't hear him barking they feared the worst, said Mark Morford of Portland Mountain Rescue.

Meanwhile, another group of hikers heard some barking at the base of the falls and called 911, thinking a person might have been injured nearby.

Multnomah County deputies arrived at the scene and determined there were no people in danger. They terminated the mission, but gave PMR rescuers the go-ahead to continue working to find the dog.

"PMR elected to send one rescuer over the cliff as a training exercise," Morford said. "Five minutes later, a wriggling, yapping Rocky cheerfully greeted Scott Norton as he rappelled to a ledge halfway down the cliff."

Norton put Rocky into his backpack and rescuers then hauled the two back up the cliff, where Rocky and his owner had a tearful reunion.

"Back at the trailhead, Rocky had a snack and passed out dog kisses to all the PMR rescuers," Morford said. "One rescuer commented that Rocky would probably forget the adventure by tomorrow, but would be terrified of backpacks for the rest of his life."

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