Astonishing video shows a pickup truck dangling vertically over a 100-feet deep gorge in Idaho — and the moment heroic rescuers rappelled down to save two people and two dogs trapped inside.
A 67-year-old driver, 64-year-old female passenger and their pooches were in the 2004 Ford F-350 Monday afternoon when he lost control and swerved off a bridge over the Malad Gorge, Idaho State Police said in a release.
The pickup went completely over the edge — and was only saved from plummeting 100 feet thanks to the chain connecting it to a 30-foot camper that stayed on the edge of the bridge, police said.
The pair dangled with their “lives literally hanging in the balance,” Captain David Neth said — their seatbelts helping to stop them from falling out of the truck.
The trooper who first responded initially reinforced the hold on the truck with extra chains from a passing semi-truck driver, police said.
The Magic Valley Special Operations Rescue Team then raced there by helicopter — with video showing one member rappelling over the edge of the bridge and reaching the passenger’s window of the Ford.
As people crowded on the gorge’s edge, another rappeller soon joined him, the video shows.
They were “able to rappel down to the dangling pickup truck and attach a harness to each victim allowing rescuers to raise each to safety,” the force said.
The rescuers were also able to get the two dogs to safety, the statement added.
In all, it took the rescuers just six minutes to get to the trapped group in what police hailed as a “heroic rescue.”
The driver and his passenger were taken to Magic Valley hospital “with what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries,” the statement said.
They were not identified, but were both Idaho natives from Garden City, about 100 miles from Malad.
“This was a tremendous team effort that took a quick response and really showed the dedication and training of our community of first responders,” Neth said.
“This is something we train and prepare for, but when it happens and people’s lives literally hang in the balance, it takes everyone working together, and then some.”