Washington couple saved after falling off embankment trying to rescue dog

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Washington couple saved after falling off embankment trying to rescue dog

A Washington state couple was rescued Wednesday after they fell down a 60-foot embankment while trying to save their dog that fell from the same slope, authorities said.

Rescue crews were called out to the seaside embankment in Poulsbo after the husband and wife became stuck about halfway down the bluff, Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue said.

The couple had chased after their dog after the pup went over the embankment, rescuers said. 

However, the dog did not survive the fall.

Crews were able to reach the wife first and help her the rest of the way down the embankment. 

Rescuers rigged a pulley system to lower another rescuer down to the trapped husband and determine whether to hoist him up the slope or lower him down to the beach. 

Both the husband and wife were safely rescued and did not sustain any injuries.

A rescue worker lowers themselves down an embankment where the couple fell.
A rescue worker lowers down an embankment where the couple fell.
Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue
Rescue workers near pulley system.
The couple was rescued, but the dog did not survive the fall.
Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue
Rescue workers
The rescue team rigged a pulley system to hoist up the fallen couple.
Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue

Poulsbo is located on Liberty Bay, about an hour-and-a-half drive from Seattle.

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