In Bremerton, WA, a man and his deaf dog fell into a steep ravine and spent hours in cold temperatures before being rescued.
According to KIRO, Bill Palmer and his dog, Jersey, fell into the ravine at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 7.
After Palmer's roommate located him, he called 911. Palmer and his dog then spent more than 4 hours in the ravine as they waited to be rescued.
Officials with Kitsap Fire and Rescue reported that they received a call about a person stuck in a ravine in the 4300 block of Redwing Trail Northwest.
Palmer and Jersey were in the creek when crews arrived to rescue them.
Palmer told KIRO that his body temperature was approximately 89 degrees at the time of his rescue. According to the emergency medical technicians, Palmer would not have survived in the ravine for another hour.
Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue officials said that Palmer was extremely wet. He also lost his shoes and glasses.
Palmer told KIRO, “I stopped once. I thought, yeah, it’s over, stood up, got my grip. I wasn’t done. Flipped right over again, again, again."
“Every time, every time I would try to stand up to grab something in the dark, it would end up being a fern, not a tree, so backwards I go,” he stated.
The rescue crew left the site shortly before midnight on Thursday.
Palmer was taken to Harrison Medical Center for possible hypothermia.
Severe hypothermia can occur when one's body temperature drops to 89 degrees Fahrenheit and below. Symptoms can include no longer shivering, loss of vision and dilated pupils, decreased blood pressure and heart rate, and the inability to walk.
As of this writing, Palmer and Jersey both appear to be doing well.
On his Facebook page Saturday morning, Palmer stated, "I think Jersey and I will walk someplace else with a flashlight!"
Updates to this story will be posted as they occur.
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