S.F. firefighters rescue man, dog from cliff

Firefighters said the dog had gotten stuck first and then the owner got stuck trying to help


SAN FRANCISCO — Sunday afternoon, San Francisco firefighters rescued a man and his dog from a cliff at Fort Funston.  Firefighters said a beagle had gotten stuck first -- about 35 to 40 feet down a crumbly, sandy cliff. Then the owner got stuck trying to help.

"We use two ropes to lower someone down. We put them in a harness and secure them so they can't fall, put the dog in a bag so they can't fall, and then we bring them back up," said Capt. Michael Castagnola, of the San Francisco Fire Department. Bob Pinotti of Daly City was at Fort Funston to walk his dog when he saw the rescue.

"It was a fun, eventful rescue. Everyone was up here (on the ridge overlooking the cliff) applauding when it was all done. Everyone was happy, dog was wagging and they went home," said Pinotti.

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