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December 05, 2020

Dog Survives 70 Foot Fall, Saved By Branches

A Horrifying Fall

An Austin, TX dog named Stout is lucky to be alive after falling down a 70 ft cliff.
The dog was strolling over Pennybacker Bridge overlook when he fell and landed on the ground below. Fortunately, paramedic Bob Luddy was close by doing some rope training when he heard the dog’s owner’s cries for help.

A Dangerous Rescue

A representative from Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services explains what happened. “After the owner identified where the dog had fallen from, Capt. Luddy rigged an anchor strap to a tree, attached a rappel line and safety line to the anchor and rappelled down the cliff face.” Luddy feared the worst but he was happy to find Stout mostly unharmed. “He must have fallen about 70 feet and hit a few branches and bushes on the way down. I was ecstatic to find him in such good condition.”

A Happy Ending

Even though Stout seemed to be okay, Luddy advised his owner to follow up with a vet’s visit to make sure he didn’t have any internal injuries. Stout and his owners were fortunate to have had a brave medical professional nearby after the dog’s treacherous fall. It is hopeful that the canine continues to enjoy a long and healthy life.

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