Firefighters rescued a woman and a dog Tuesday in Eglon after they fell over a cliff at a vacation rental.
North Kitsap Fire & Rescue crews and Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to an address off of Eglon Road at 1:19 a.m, a news release says. KCSO found that the woman, a 78-year-old from San Diego, was in deep brush about 10 feet below the top of the bank and uninjured but also unable to climb back up.
Fire crews arrived shortly thereafter and requested the county’s technical rescue team. The team is composed of specially trained firefighters from each of the county’s seven fire departments. Concerned that the woman might fall further while waiting crews quickly devised and implemented a plan to rescue her safely using ropes and ladders, per the release.
Once the woman was safe, firefighters canceled their request for the other rescue team. Crews located the dog on a ledge about 50 feet further down and were able to lower him to the beach before using the property’s stairs to return him to his owner.
The woman came to spend the week with her son and his 15-month-old labrador, Cooper, at the waterview rental. They arrived at the unfamiliar home after dark and, while exploring the dog disappeared. The pair tried to locate him, hearing increasingly-faint barking from below.
They feared the worst when the barking ceased, but continued to search in the rain and the dark for at least two hours. The woman, while taking one last look over the bank’s edge, lost her footing.