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Amazing mountain rescue of Bernese Mountain Dog who was missing for 12 days

P8010053_thumb By Tamara | December 09, 2012 | Comments (2)

A Bernese Mountain Dog was rescued off a mountain by Search and Rescue teams
A Bernese Mountain Dog was rescued after 12 days after he ran away on Mount Seymour. Photo: Flicker

A Bernese Mountain Dog who has been missing on a mountain in North Vancouver, British Columbia for nearly two weeks has been rescued. Two-year-old Ohly was being walked with another dog and a friend of his family'son a snowshoe trek on November 25 in an area of the mountain called Suicide Gully. However, because Ohly suffers from separation anxiety, Ohly took off looking for his owner, Steve Goad, and the rest of his family.

A dog was rescued by a search and rescue team from a dangerous mountain
Ohly just after he was rescued. Photo: Flicker

When Ohly was spotted on Thursday, dog lovers started to coordinate rescue efforts on the Find Ohly Facebook page, which the Goad family had set up to assist with finding the dog. His family had been searching for Ohly with the help of volunteers and friends. They also hired a pet searcher to see if a bloodhound could catch Ohly's scent. The volunteer rescuers had come close to the dog on Thursday afternoon and attempted to coax him to them with food, but he kept running away.

Volunteers attempted to rescue a dog stranded on a mountain
Volunteers camped out, 2 days prior to Ohly's rescue. Photo: Facebook

With increased snowpack and dangerous weather conditions on Mount Seymour, authorities became concerned for the general public's safety. The area is known for avalanches and treacherous terrain.

A dog was rescued by helicopter off a mountain
Suicide Gully, where Ohly was found.

North Shore Search and Rescue sent out a helicopter on Saturday along with teams of their highly-trained volunteers and located the dog trapped in the deep ravine. Ohly was caught and helicoptered out to safety. Remarkably, when checked over by a veterinarian, Ohly was a dehydrated and had a small fever, but otherwise all right.

A dog was rescued by helicopter off a mountain
North Shore Search and Rescue used a helicopter to transport Ohly from the mountain. Photo: Flicker

His owners posted thanks and news of their reunion on the Find Ohly Facebook page, “Thank you to all the volunteers, Facebook supporters, and North Shore Search & Rescue for bringing Ohly home,” posted the Goad family. "Best Christmas present ever."

A dog was found by Search and Rescue on a mountain and rescued
Ohly, happy to be rescued. Photo: Flicker

One of the members of the North Shore Search and Rescue team (Ryan), filmed video of the rescue effort. Shot from 1st person perspective, it gives a great view of entering Suicide Gully to get to Ohly. Ohly makes an appearance towards the end at the 10:41 mark.

North Shore Search and Rescue is asking for support in recovering the $7000 in costs to operate the helicopter for the rescue of Ohly. Donations can be made through their website.

A dog was rescued by helicopter
Ohly heading home. Photo: Facebook

A dog is recuperating after being rescued from a mountain
Ohly getting rehydrated. Photo: Facebook


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Comments on this Article

I wonder if one of those new G.P.S. tracking devices for dogs could have lead to an earlier rescue? I'm glad Ohly is safe and sound. A big thank you for the tireless efforts of the rescuers. I will bet Ohly has been going at his dinners with a little bit more gusto these days.
great ending to a scarey story!
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