Bridge inspectors got a surprise recently while inspecting a local bridge over the Mississippi River.

Craig Jenkins, a bridge inspection engineer, and Ryan Nataluk, a member of the work crew, noticed an unusual sight on the Natchez-Vidalia Bridge. “Craig called over the radio, “I see a dog!” Nataluk told CNN. “We’ve never seen a live dog before so at first I thought it was a raccoon.”

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But at second glance it was definitely a dog that managed to get stuck at the bottom part of the bridge. The dog looked shy but perked up when he realized the crew was there to help him!

Nataluk, a vice president and lead engineer for the company Stantec, has been inspecting bridges for over 20 years and also rock climbs. So this rescue didn’t phase him!

“I go camping and climbing all over with my family and dog,” said Nataluk. “I’ve had to bring my own dog across rivers and even haul him up peaks and overtime I’ve figured out how to make makeshift harnesses.”

They pulled the dog up from being trapped 120 feet above the river! The dog seemed healthy and wasn’t injured. “When we got her up there she just started walking immediately and wagging her tail,” said Nataluk. “You could tell she was really happy.”

The Natchez Police department came on the scene and said that she was adopted soon after the rescue. “She is a very fortunate dog,” said Police Chief Walter Armstrong. “They need to name her, ‘Lucky.'”

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