Rescuers save dog who went over cliff in Mukilteo

Rescuers save dog who went over cliff in Mukilteo
Photos courtesy of the Mukilteo Fire Department.
MUKILTEO, Wash. -- A Tuesday morning rescue operation ended well when crews saved a chocolate lab who had gone over a cliff in Mukilteo.

The dog, a 3-year-old named Ike, had gone missing Monday evening. His owners scoured the neighborhood but weren't able to track him down.

On Tuesday morning, the owners' next door neighbor was walking his dog when he heard barking and whimpering over the edge of a nearby cliff.

The neighbor called 911, and at 9 a.m. crews from the Mukilteo Fire Department and the Snohomish County Fire District 1 responded and began setting up a rescue operation.

When they arrived they found the dog on a small shelf roughly 20 feet down the cliff. Had the dog fallen off the shelf, he would have dropped roughly 200 feet and landed on railroad tracks, according to the Mukilteo Fire Department.

The team lowered a rescue worker down to the shelf. After securing the dog, the teamed pulled both Ike and the rescue worker up to the top of the cliff.

Save for a few scrapes and bruises, Ike wasn't seriously injured in the fall. He is now home with his family.