During California’s bomb cyclone flooding, fire crews rescue two dogs from a creek

During California’s bomb cyclone flooding, fire crews rescue two dogs from a creek

GOLETA, California: On Thursday, firefighters from Santa Barbara County rescued two dogs from a flooded creek following a catastrophic storm.

The Pineapple Express supercharged a bomb cyclone that made landfall in California on Wednesday, dropping several inches of rain throughout the state. Nearly 4 inches of precipitation have fallen in Goleta, California, causing the San Jose Creek to swell. According to the Montecito Water District, the region received days’ worth of precipitation equivalent to a year’s worth.

When firefighters arrived, they saw a dog poised on the edge of a crate. The fast water was twisting and spinning the box, causing the animal to cling to the edge and continuously readjust itself.

Due to the cement barriers along the creek, the puppy was unable to jump into the raging river and swim to safety, so it was forced to hold on.

Three members of a rescue team used ropes to pull the dog to safety. They then successfully extracted the dog from the water.

Both canines are unhurt and have been reunited with their owner. The storm event has continued to endanger creeks and rivers. Please maintain a safe distance from all waterways during heavy precipitation and high creek levels. pic.twitter.com/E8MHaaF5Fe

— Scott Safechuck (5 January 2023 @SBCFireInfo)

San Jose Creek, near to S. Kellogg Avenue, Goleta; two dogs in rapid water for approximately one mile. SBSO, SBC Fire/Rapid Water Rescue, animal control. FF on ropes rescued dog number one. Dog No. 2 was rescued by a three-person team of firefighters and escorted downstream to safety. CT8:32am pic.twitter.com/1WosaqlWFE

— Scott Safechuck (5 January 2023 @SBCFireInfo)

A second three-person swift water rescue crew entered the water to retrieve a second dog.

Firefighter footage showed rescuers using long poles to secure themselves. Two attempted to shield the third from the swift stream while holding the dog.

On January 5, 2022, a swift water rescue team guides one of the dogs to safety in a quick-flowing creek.
Scott Safechuck

They dragged it downstream so they could climb out of the creek, and as soon as the group reached the bank, the dog jumped into the arms of the man in orange.

Animal control workers dried off the thankful dog with a towel before showering the almost-dead animal with affection.

Santa Barbara Fire stated that both dogs appeared unharmed and were pleased to be restored to their owner on solid ground.


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