Gus the Labrador got some help from Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue Saturday afternoon after getting stuck on a steep bluff. Photo provided

Gus the Labrador got some help from Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue Saturday afternoon after getting stuck on a steep bluff. Photo provided

Firefighters rescue elderly retriever from steep bluff

Firefighters aided in the rescue of an elderly Labrador retriever that became stuck on a steep bluff Saturday afternoon.

Gus’ family heard him barking from about 30-feet down a densely vegetated escarpment near Smugglers Cove Road and called for help, according to Deputy Chief Charlie Smith of Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue.

Five firefighters responded to the scene, located near South Whidbey State Park.

First responders and the pet owners were able to make their way down to Gus, who has bad hips, and help him back up, Smith said. It took about 45 minutes to retrieve the dog.

No ropes or rappelling were necessary for this rescue, Smith said.

Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue firefighters Ken Lindenstine and Holly Slothower help Gus the dog back up a steep embankment.

Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue firefighters Ken Lindenstine and Holly Slothower help Gus the dog back up a steep embankment.

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