We put a call out to the team, knowing it may be a fairly technical rescue. Once our first responder on site confirmed it would be. It was the middle of the work day and most of our technical team were at their various jobs, so we didn’t have quite enough to cover what we’d need for a rope rescue, we called Snohomish County Search and Rescue (SnoCo SAR), to see if they had technical rescue volunteers they’d be willing to ask for assistance from.
SnoCo SAR sent a team, including a member from Everett Mountain Rescue (EMR). Joining us as well was Deputy Einar Espeland. Our team started to set up anchors and prep for a high directional. Once the other team’s volunteers arrived, we discussed what we thought a good plan would be, and we all finished setting up.
We had two attendants get ready. The attendant is the person on the rope system who goes over the edge to reclaim the subject, whether it’s human or animal. One attendant was a WASART responder and the other was a SnoCo SAR member.
We lowered them and they found Flint, the 50 lb. English Bulldog who had slipped over, quickly. He did not display obvious injuries like fractures that would need us to send a litter down to assist bringing him back up, so the attendants put him in a harness, clipped the harness to the rope system, and held him as they were raised back up.
Flint was reunited with his family at the top and had a good drink of water.
A big thanks to Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office for the trust they continue to have for us, and for the assistance of SnoCo SAR and EMR.