One man became trapped on a cliff after attempting to rescue his dog Thursday morning at the Douglas Family Preserve above Hendry’s Beach in Santa Barbara.
Santa Barbara City Fire crews responded to the scene at about 9:30 a.m. and used a triple harness to bring the man and two dogs down safely from the cliff.
Officials on scene said the man was walking with his two dogs when one dog got loose, ran, and went down a steep embankment. The man ran after his dog and fell about 20 to 30 feet over the cliff.
A second dog went over the cliff as well, possibly to be with his owner.
“The first in units found him half way down the cliff with his two dogs clinging to him pretty tightly,” said Santa Barbara City Fire Investigator Ryan DiGuilio.
“They took off to chase another dog and I looked out for them and I only saw the black one and I heard Taffy (the other dog) barking. I looked down the side and he is halfway down there,” said Bryce Fredricey the dog owner.f
Fire crews ” used a specialized harness to attach the victim to hi, and took it one step further and attached the dogs to them too which is something we don’t come across each day, “said DiGuilio
The man and both of the dogs are fine.