On a snowy day of February, a 60-year-old mountaineer hiker, Warren Muldoon, and his dog, Dakota, stranded on a snowy ledge above a 40-foot waterfall.
Muldoon and his dog spent the morning climbing 10,064-foot Mount San Antonio, also known as Mount Baldy, in Southern California’s Angeles National Forest.On the hike back down, Muldoon missed out the turn and couldn’t find the descent trail.
Unfortunately, He and his dog tumbled over two waterfalls while attempting to reach the bottom of the remote canyon. Muldoon was badly injured. With punctured lung,five broken ribs and fractured leg in the fall, He slid down a third waterfall.
But Dakota was too scared to move forward and stuck on a ledge about a 30-foot above. Muldoon’s phone was broken.He didn’t know what to do. Somehow Hikers below spotted him and called for help.
A San Bernardino County Sheriff’s helicopter team airlifted the hypothermic hiker out of the canyon. He requested paramedics to resuce Dakota, but they refused. Muldoon was broken, but gravely injured hiker left with no choice.
“I pleaded with the paramedics to pick up my dog,” Muldoon said . “They said it was a choice between saving my life and looking for her, but they would go back.”
Muldoon then admitted to Loma Linda University Medical Center. A social worker from the center called her wife, Connie Muldoon and informed her husband’s injuries and hospitalization.On reaching the hospital Connie learned that Dakota had been left behind.
“I was devastated and angry. Since losing James, I knew I couldn’t lose Warren and Dakota, too,” Connie Muldoon said. “I couldn’t imagine living without them and knew I had to do something.”