(FOX 11) A man trapped for days after getting his foot stuck in a rock on Mount Rubidoux in Riverside County has been rescued thanks to a hiker and his dog.
"He kept on tugging at my pant and whining, pulling me" said Ramon Llamas, referring to his mixed breed rescue dog, Mole. They were going for their usual walk up one of the trails in Rubidoux Park when the dog just stopped and led Ramon to a hole the size of a plate.
"I saw big eyes," he said.
First thinking it was a trapped animal, Ramon waved other hikers over to call 911. That's when they realized it was a man, begging for water in a soft voice.
As he threw bottles into the deep hole, and waited for rescue personnel to arrive, Ramon talked with the man, who told him his name is Paul, and that he'd been there for days, falling through as he looked for shade.
Firefighters said the man, who appears to be homeless, was severely dehydrated, barely conscious, and had several days' growth beard.
"He'd be dead if it wasn't for that dog," said one rescuer, to which Ramon lovingly looked at his brindle colored, tired looking four legged friend saying "yeah I know, but it hasn't really hit me yet, although he is a tough, good dog."
There was no barking comment from Mole, just a tail wag at the mention of a steak.
The rescued man is recovering at a local hospital, where officials say he should be fine.
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