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Seattle woman's stranded dog rescued from Oregon oceanside cliff

Courtesy Cannon Beach RFPD

ASTORIA, Ore. - A dog stranded overnight on a cliff near Oregon's Ecola State Park is safe after it was rescued by a Seaside rope and rescue team.

Sarah Stremming of Seattle tells The Daily Astorian that her border collie named Felix went missing Monday afternoon during a Christmas day hike at the scenic oceanside park.

Stremming and a group of friends searched for the dog but had no luck. Cannon Beach police officers and Oregon State Police troopers joined the search, but they were also unsuccessful.

Tuesday morning, Fire Chief Matt Verley from Hamlet Fire along with Cannon Beach Fire Chief Matt Benedict went up to Tillamook Head and launched a drone to help search for the dog.

They quickly spotted Felix about 80 feet down a cliff, alive and moving around. Verley determined the only way to reach him was scaling the cliff face with ropes.

Seaside Fire Lieutenant Genesee Dennis retrieved the dog from a precipice 60 feet from the crest of the Clatsop Loop trail.

Felix was not harmed.

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