Hats off to the quick thinking San Diego Police Department K9 officer who used his 100-foot long dog leash to rappel down a cliff and help rescue a father and his 2-year-old twin daughters after their car flew off Sunset Cliffs.
10 News reports SDPD received information early this morning from the Sheriff’s Department regarding a suicidal 47-year-old man. The child’s mother reported the father had taken the two kids and threatened to drive off the Coronado Bridge.
An emergency cell phone location request led San Diego police officers to Sunset Cliffs. At 5:09 a.m., a San Diego police lieutenant was in the Sunset Cliffs area and saw the Dodge truck. While waiting for additional units before contacting the man, the lieutenant witnessed the vehicle drive off the cliff.
SDPD K9 Officer Jonathan Wiese arrived and used his 100-foot long dog tether to rappel down the cliff to the truck, which was upside down in the water. Wiese was able to get the man and the two girls from the car to the shore. The children were taken to Rady Children’s hospital. Their conditions are unknown at this time. The man was taken into custody for attempted murder.
Our best wishes to the kids for a speedy recovery and our hats off to Officer Wiese who snapped into action despite the inherent danger of descending a cliff without proper equipment.