News Story


Unincorporated Ventura - Stranded Dog Rescued by Search and Rescue Volunteers
10/3/2013 10:25:00 AM


Nature of Incident:

Stranded Dog Rescued by Search and Rescue Volunteers

Report Number:



East end of Rocklight Road, Ventura

Date & Time:

10/03/2013    10:25 a.m.

Unit Responsible:

Special Services/Search & Rescue

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent

City of Residence






     Sheriff's Search and Rescue volunteers were called into action Thursday morning in response to a dog that became stranded on a steep cliff ledge in Ventura.  Ventura City firefighters notified the Sheriff's Office of the dog's predicament and their concern for some good Samaritans in the area that were attempting to rescue the dog without adequate safety gear.  After a supervisor with the Search and Rescue Unit evaluated the situation, it was determined the dog's situation was dire and the danger to the amateur rescuers was very high. 

     Six volunteers with the Sheriff's Search and Rescue Team responded to the scene and established a technical rope system that would be needed to safely affect the rescue.  After several attempts, the frightened Boxer named 'Noah' was secured in a harness, hoisted to safety, and reunited with its grateful owner.   

     There are 168 men and women that volunteer with the Ventura County Sheriff's Office as search and rescue team members.  In addition to the regular training each of the volunteer team members participate in, there were 4,997 hours of service donated last year alone.  More information on the Sheriff's Search and Rescue program can be found at:


Deputy Preparing Media Release:

Captain Bill Ayub

Media Release Date:


Follow-Up Contact:

Captain Bill Ayub   805-388-4212