LIVINGSTON COUNTY – A difficult rope rescue at Letchworth State Park ended happily for Skippy the dog, who went missing two days before.
According to our news partner News10NBC, State Park Police Sgt. Ryan Clancy made the rope rescue after a Livingston County Sheriff’s Office Unmanned Aerial Vehice (drone) safely showed the dog’s location and size and let rescuers adjust the right harness.
“This rescue is an important reminder of the selflessness, dedication and teamwork of the men and women charged with keeping New Yorkers and those who visit our great state park system safe,” said State Park Police Chief David Page. “Whether it’s the people who visit State Parks or their beloved family pets, these civil servants train hard and risk their lives to help others and serve New York.”
Skippy was trapped about half-way down the 400-foot Letchworth State Park gorge on Monday afternoon when a passerby apparently heard the dog barking and reported that it may be stuck.
Park Police said the rescue took place in the area of Hogs Back Overlook, where the gorge is extremely steep and wooded for approximately 200 feet before it transitions to a sheer vertical shale wall.
The dog was not visible from the slope above, so Park Police coordinated with the Sheriff’s Office to pinpoint the dog’s location and identify its size, so it could be placed in the correct size rescue harness. Clancy was lowered down and successfully hauled back up with Skippy.
Skippy, who had gone missing in the park two days earlier, was returned to his owner with only minor cuts and scratches.