When she almost reached the puppy, the woman slipped and fell about 30 feet onto the man –– sending them both down the cliffside another 20 feet.
The San Miguel County Search and Rescue came to the scene and anchored a rope system to its vehicle and pulled the woman up the scree slope where she fell and back onto the road, CBS Denver reported.
After both hikers were rescued, the team realigned the focus on the puppy by establishing a separate rope system, according to the report. An 18-year-old rookie on his first day on the search and rescue team was tasked with rescuing the dog.
“For me, it was the perfect scenario to get thrown into as my first time because I could get It done, I knew how it was supposed to go,” Wiley Holbrooke told CBS4.
The woman suffered from traumatic but non-life-threatening injuries and was transported from the Telluride Regional Medical Center to St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. The man suffered from minor injuries and was soon released from TMC.