Deputies rescue dog from swift waters of Oregon river

Deputies rescue dog from swift waters of Oregon river
A Clackamas County sheriff's deputy pulls Mazy to safety Monday. (Photo: Clackamas County Sheriff's Office)

SANDY, Ore. – Clackamas County sheriff’s deputies rescued a dog who was stranded on the base of a cliff near the Sandy River, about 25 miles southeast of Vancouver, Wash.

Deputies said a 2-year-old Brittany spaniel mix named Mazy had jumped off a pontoon boat on Monday morning around 9. Mazy’s owner was boating near the rapids along the Sandy River at Dodge Park when she jumped off the boat.

Deputies said Mazy was able to swim to the base of a cliff underneath the far end of the Pipeline Bridge.

Mazy’s owner tried to rescue her several times, but he was unable to do so because of the strong currents.

In order to save the dog, deputies designed a complex rescue operation. The plan was to have one deputy climb a ladder to the Pipeline Bridge, cross the river atop the pipeline and rappel down the other side to get the dog. But the dog jumped back into the water as soon as the deputy dropped the rappel line.

Deputies said another officer was waiting for the dog downstream and was able to rescue her.

Deputies were able to reunite Mazy with her owner.