ICYMI: U.S. Coast Guard Rescue On New Year’s

January 9, 2024

We are very happy to hear Leo is expected to recover!

The U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Astoria after assisting in the rescue of a Golden Retriever named Leo, who fell off a 300-foot cliff in Oregon on New Year’s Day.

Why It Matters: While at the Ecola State Park with his owners, Leo ran ahead and fell off a cliff about “the height of the Statue of Liberty” onto the rocky shore below (NY Post). After being lowered from a USCG helicopter, a rescuer swam to shore to retrieve the pup. Once reunited with his owners, Leo was taken to an emergency vet for care and has since returned home. His owners said, “All things considered, he is doing good. We are so thankful he is alive and expected to recover.”

Big Picture: Leo’s rescue marks the second of its kind in seven months, as another dog was rescued after falling from the cliff in June. The Canon Beach Rural Fire Protection District – another agency that responded to the incident – said in a post on Facebook, “Although the coast is beautiful, it is not perfectly safe. We’d like to remind everyone to keep dogs on leash when hiking unless other wise stated …”

Coast Guard rescues dog from Ecola State Park, Oregon (Defense Visual Information Distribution Service)

by Leah Grainery, based in Texas