After a very busy day with rescues and other calls for help, Newport Firefighters got one more toward the end of the day. A dog was reported stranded on a rocky ledge at the Yaquina Head Lighthouse.
Upon arrival they spotted the dog, whose name turned out to be “Trey,” that proved to be a nimble escapee from any attempt to capture or even direct him back to safer ground at the lighthouse. Firefighters Tracy Cole, Chris Rampley and Justin Wimpress coordinated a rescue attempt that lasted well over an hour.
Firefighters Rampley and Wimpress “roped up” and took a hike across the top of the huge rocks, just to the south of the lighthouse. Cole monitored Trey’s exact location as he kept moving along a near vertical cliff high above the crashing surf below. Wimpress slowly made his way to the edge of the brushy head on the rock, just above where Trey had taken refuge. They were hoping they could drive Trey to the north and then up a quick path to the Lighthouse visiting area, adjacent to the parking lot. But as Wimpress closed in, Trey ran down the cliff face to an isolated small beach below. The sea lions that were at one end didn’t seem to mind the intrusion, according to one of the firefighters.
Shortly thereafter, another firefighter found Trey on her Facebook page along with a “Please help me find my lost dog,” plea. There was no question that it was Trey.
Firefighters called the owner (a Newport school teacher) who obviously wanted to run right out and continue the rescue. But firefighters told her that it would be much better not to try to spook the dog again in the pitch dark of night out there. They recommended that an early return at low tide Sunday morning would better lend itself to a walk from the lighthouse tidal pool area, around a couple of rocky outcroppings to the beach where Trey was last seen. Firefighters hoped that a loud call out from its owner might produce better results than they had Saturday evening.
TREY RETURNED HOME ON HIS OWN AT 3AM THIS MORNING!!
Here’s a video on firefighter efforts on Sunday.