(LOS ANGELES) — The Los Angeles Fire Department has just engineered the dramatic rescue of a hiker and his dog who were trapped on a sheer cliff.
The hiker, reportedly an 18-year-old student, and his dog, Lola, slid off a trail in the Lakeview Terrace area and were trapped 100 feet down the steep hillside around 1 p.m. West Coast time Thursday.
The dog had run after a bottle that was tossed off the cliff, and the hiker followed, according to local reports.
Firefighters first considered a helicopter rescue but feared it was too dangerous. They then switched to a rope rescue, secured the hiker, and got a harness to rescue the terrified dog.
The hiker was lowered to stable ground and was then able to walk down the hill to flat ground. The dog was also unhurt, according to local press reports. The rescue finished in about 90 minutes.
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