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Deputies save dog stranded in Sandy River

Mazy, a two-year-old Brittany spaniel mix, jumped out of a pontoon boat


by: CONTRIBUTED: CLACKAMAS COUNTY SHERIFF - Clackamas County Sheriff's Marine Unit Deputy Morgan Guthner, left, holds Mazy, who was rescued from the Sandy River after jumping out of the boat of his owner, Mark Barham, right.Clackamas County Sheriff's deputies saved a dog who jumped out of his owner's boat on the Sandy River near the rapids at Dodge Park at about 9 a.m. Monday, May 12.

Mazy, a two-year old Brittany spaniel mix, jumped out of Mark Barham's pontoon boat, managed to navigate the rapids, and then scrambled up onto a tiny outcropping at the base of a cliff under Pipeline Bridge just above the raging water.

Barham tried to rescue his dog several times, but the current kept pushing him back. The sheriff's Marine Unit and personnel from the Portland Water Bureau responded to the scene and devised a rescue scheme.

One deputy climbed down a ladder to the bridge, walked across and prepared to rappel down to the dog, but when he dropped the rope down, the dog jumped back into the current but was grabbed by another deputy downstream.

“Marine deputies had prepared for this contingency...and another deputy was waiting downstream to intercept the dog,” stated a press release from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

“The deputy brought Mazy to shore for an excited reunion with Barham,” the press release stated. “Barham and Mazy then continued down a less turbulent part of the Sandy River.”



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