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St. John's firefighters rescue dog stranded on Outer Cove cliffside

St. John’s Regional Fire Department firefighters Chris George (left) and Eddy Coady make their way up a cliffside in Outer Cove with Finnegan on Wednesday.
St. John’s Regional Fire Department firefighters Chris George (left) and Eddy Coady make their way up a cliffside in Outer Cove with Finnegan on Wednesday. - Joe Gibbons
LOGY BAY-MIDDLE COVE-OUTER COVE, N.L. —

St. John’s Regional Fire Department firefighters rescued a stranded dog from a Cliffside in Outer Cove on Wednesday.

Jon Duke of St. John’s, an avid runner, was out for a run along the Cobbler’s Path section of the East Coast Trail when heard the crying yelps of a dog.

Upon further investigation a little way down the trail, Duke saw that the dog was on a section of the cliffside at Torbay Point.

The dog, Finnegan, was being looked after for a friend by Doran’s Lane resident Paul Marino, who also owns a few dogs. Marino said the dogs run around the area daily, and Finnegan ran a little too far on Wednesday morning, venturing onto the cliffside and getting stuck about 40 feet down.

A thirsty Finnegan enjoys a few slurps of water from St. John’s Regional Fire Department firefighter Eddy Coady on Wednesday after being rescued from a Cliffside. Looking on is Paul Marino, who was taking care of Finnegan for a friend.
A thirsty Finnegan enjoys a few slurps of water from St. John’s Regional Fire Department firefighter Eddy Coady on Wednesday after being rescued from a Cliffside. Looking on is Paul Marino, who was taking care of Finnegan for a friend.

The St. John’s Regional Fire Department (SJRFD) and its high angle rescue team (HART) were called into action just after 9 a.m.

Firefighter Eddy Coady, sporting a safety harness and with the aid of ropes, went down the side of the cliff and attached a safety harness to Finnegan.

Once safely to the top, Finnegan was walked up the trail on a leash and taken to Marino, none the worse for the wear, and enjoyed some water, compliments of Coady.

joseph.gibbons@thetelegram.com


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