Dog leads rescuers to owner after falling 70ft while hiking

The dog’s owner, a 53-year-old man, fell nearly 70 feet while hiking with his canine companion on July 12 in Nevada County, Calif., according to a Nevada County Search and Rescue Facebook post.

But it wasn’t until the next day that the man was able to reach an area with cell service and call for help. His steep fall left him with a broken hip and ribs. Twenty-five search and rescue personnel were dispatched to help search for the man.

His dog, a border collie named Saul, walked 200 yards and found two members of the search team, returning them to his owner, according to the Facebook post.

“At first we didn’t believe it because it looked like a movie,” Sgt. Dennis Haack of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue said, according to CNN affiliate KCRA.

“When they came back and described it to us, the reality was that they had followed the dog directly to the victim.”

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First responders received the call around noon on July 13, Haack said. With Saul’s help, they were able to locate the man at 7:00 p.m. that day.

“(Saul) was jumping up and down and spinning around,” Haack said, according to KCRA. “He took them straight to the victim.”

Researchers helped move the man to an air ambulance to get him safely to hospital, the department posted on Facebook.

And Saul was taken home and “given a well-deserved dinner,” the department said.