CLACKAMAS, Ore. – A dog was rescued twice from just above Willamette Falls Saturday.
Marine Service Officer Cody Grahn said he first noticed something struggling in the Willamette River about 1/8 of a mile from the top of the falls.
"At first sight, I thought it was possibly a beaver splashing around in the middle of the river. But, as I approached closer, I was amazed to see this was actually a dog totally exhausted and in serious trouble," Grahn recalled.
He said the dog was moving fast toward the falls and looked worn out. But Grahn made it in time and pulled the exhausted pooch into his boat.
From there, he managed to find the owners of Punch, an eight-year-old chocolate lab from West Linn.
Punch was reunited with his owner at the family home, located about 500 yards upstream.
Grahn thought that was the happy ending. But about an hour later, Punch was in trouble again – this time some strangers on a ski boat rescued him.
“This time, the dog had been out in the middle of the river – again -- and picked-up by the water skiers for the animal’s safety. With heavy boat traffic on the river, these conscientious boaters were concerned the animal would be struck by a motor boat while swimming in the river,” said Jim Strovink with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.
Punch was once again returned to his home. But this time, the deputies had a talk with the owners about the hazards and laws involving a dog running loose, Strovink said.