Rope rescue team saves two people and their dogs from Letchworth Gorge

Posted at 9:45 AM, Feb 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-19 11:00:46-05

A couple and their two dogs were rescued from the gorge at Letchworth State Park on Sunday evening, after they became stuck on a steep area off the designated trail.

New York State Park Police report the couple called 911 from a cell phone about halfway down the 400-foot gorge in the area of Hogsback Overlook. Police say one of the couple's two dogs broke free from its leash after slipping on ice, and that the second dog then broke free as well. The couple went after the dogs and became stuck in a steep, wooded area.

First responders used a rope system to rescue the couple with assistance from firefighters and a New York State Police helicopter. After pulling both people to safety, the team was able to trackdown both dogs, one of which was a hundred-pound mastiff.

Police did not report any injuries to the couple or their pets. Police are urging anyone who visits the park to stay on designated trails and follow leash laws.


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