At approximately 6:30 pm on June 14, 2023, a hiker called the Cannon Beach Rural fire station reporting that their dog had fallen off the cliff on the Clatsop Trail leading to the Lighthouse Lookout from the Indian Beach parking area in Ecola State Park. Cannon Beach Fire asked for Cannon Beach Fire and Seaside Fire to be dispatched for a rope rescue. Upon arrival, it was discovered that the dog had fallen approximately 350 feet down an embankment. Coast Guard was requested, but was not sure if they would be able to hoist based on the location the dog was in. While waiting for Coast Guard arrival, crews put a rope system in place and lowered a rescuer to the dog. As the rescuer reached the dog, Coast Guard arrived and confirmed that they could do the hoist. Based on the location, the rescuers felt it was safer for Coast Guard to do the hoist than the rescuers on the rope system. Coast Guard hoisted the dog and landed at Ecola State Park, handing the dog off to the owners to be taken to a Veterinary Hospital. Cannon Beach Fire would like to thank Seaside Fire & Rescue and the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Columbia River for their help in this rescue.
Members of U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Astoria hoist a dog after she fell from a cliff in Ecola State Park, Cannon Beach, Oregon on June 14, 2023. The dog fell 300 feet and was injured in a secluded area of the beach that could only be reached by repelling down the cliff or by air. (U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 2nd Diolanda Caballero)