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Dog rescued after twice jumping into swift rapids of Sandy River

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Photo: Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Photo: Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Photo: Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
SANDY, OR (KPTV) -

Rescue crews attempting to save a dog from the base of a cliff along the Sandy River had a contingency plan in case the dog jumped back in the water.

It's a good thing, too, because the 2-year-old Brittany-spaniel mix named Mazy was apparently not interested in the initial rescue efforts.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Marine Unit was called out to try and rescue a dog at 9 a.m. Monday.

A man said his dog had jumped off of his pontoon boat near the rapids at Dodge Park. The dog navigated the rapids and made it to the base of a cliff underneath the Pipeline Bridge.

The owner attempted to rescue the dog several times, but the swift current made a solo rescue operation impossible.

The Marine Unit, along with workers from the Portland Water Bureau, designed a rescue operation. One deputy climbed a ladder to the Pipeline Bridge, crossed the river, and prepared to rappel down the other side to reach the dog.

Mazy was huddling on a sliver of land under the bridge at that point.

When the deputy dropped the rappel line, Mazy jumped back into the rapid currents.

That's when the backup plan worked to perfection. Another deputy was waiting downstream, just in case the dog did jump back into the river.

That deputy grabbed Mazy and the dog and its owner were soon reunited.

Photos: Crews rescue dog from Sandy River

The pair then went back to boating, according to deputies, just on a less-turbulent part of the river.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office said rivers are running high and fast this time of year. Deputies said people need to wear a lifejacket and should consider getting one for any pets going along for the ride, as well.

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