Man Risks Life To Rescue Stray Cat

A man in Ridgefield, Wash., who chased a stray cat in his backyard ended up plunging 30 feet down a cliff. It took rescue personal approximately two hours to rescue the man, who suffered injuries to his face.

Emergency personnel used pulleys, rope, and a basket to rescue Keith. (Photo credit: Maps)

Wayne Keith, 53, who is described as an animal lover by his best friend, pursued the cat with the intention of rescuing it. However, his yard ends at a 30-foot drop that leads to the North Fork of the Lewis River at the base of the cliff.

Keith fell around 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday. He called to his wife who phoned 911. A paramedic in a boat from the river reached Keith fist; however, he was brought to safety by three rescuers at the top of the cliff who used ropes, pulleys, and a rescue basket.


This isn’t the first perilous encounter Keith’s had with the backyard cliff. According to his best friend, Paul Kelso, Keith’s dog also took a tumble down the steep embankment once. The animal survived.

(Picture Credit: Getty Images)

(Picture Credit: Getty Images)

Keith is out of the hospital and resting at his home. The stray cat he chased has not been found.