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Crews rescue father, daughter from Molalla cliff

Posted: Updated: Nov 9, 2012 10:36 PM
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An 11-year-old girl and her father got stuck down a cliff near the Molalla River while chasing after their dog.

It happened around 4:25 p.m. Friday near South Wright Road. Deputies said the dog wandered off and the pair went down the cliff trying to rescue the animal.

Shortly after 45-year-old Craig Casterline and his daughter 11-year-old Emily made it down to their dog, they say a sudden hail storm hit.

Casterline said the storm turned the terrain to climb back up the cliff into a muddy, slippery mess.

"When I saw the washed out area we had fallen down into, I knew it was too muddy and too steep to get back up," said Craig Casterline.

Casterline had a cell phone on him to call for help. 

When first responders arrived, they say a big challenge in the rescue mission was also dealing with the slick condition. 

Crews brought in lights, and had to use chainsaws to cut their way down to the father and daughter.  

Ultimately, crews used over 300 feet of rope to anchor and secure the two.

Emily was brought up first, she was found cold, wet, but uninjured.

Craig was brought up the ledge about an hour later. Casterline's  family waited with him in the ambulance while fire crews worked to bring his body temperature back up. 

Crews were also able to safely rescue Maggie the St. Bernard.   

The Casterline family says they are incredibly grateful for all efforts to bring them home safely.

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