CONROE, Texas – A 63-year-old man and his dog fell Sunday morning into a 50-foot ravine in Conroe, officials said.
The Needham Fire Department responded after 10 a.m. to Lake Drive in the Lake Creek Forest subdivision, where they found Chad McManus at the bottom of the ravine which borders his property.
McManus and neighbors said he was searching for his dog Sandi, a 15-year-old retriever that he rescued in 2006. The dog is deaf and has hip issues, which makes it difficult for her to walk. They believe Sandi got through an opening in the fence and got to the close to the edge of the ravine and fell inside Friday night.
A large group planned to launch a search for the dog Sunday afternoon when McManus decided to find a way to the bottom of the ravine. That is where McManus located his dog, which was injured and severely dehydrated.
McManus then called his wife to report that he found the dog and asked her to call some neighbors to help him get out of the ravine. But, his wife called 911.
When Needham fire arrived, they called The Woodlands Fire Department Technical Rescue Team. The Woodlands fire arrived, set up a tripod alongside the ravine and a firefighter repelled down to McManus and Sandi.
Chad McManus who had no injuries insisted Sandi be removed first. A vest was placed on Sandi and a firefighter brought her to safety up the steep wall of the cliff. Once Sandi was out, McManus was hooked to a rescue line and brought out.
Needham Fire transported Sandi to an emergency vet, where she was evaluated.