Fintel was hiking to the summit of Mount St. Helens’ with her German shepherd, Indiana (named after Indiana Jones), when she claimed “Indy” wanted to hike up the snow.
As they were strolling on the volcano, the 32-year-old united state Navy veteran slipped on ice and tumbled more than 300 feet down a slope with jagged rocks.
” Once I slipped, I believed I was dead,” Fintel told KGW. “It was practically the end of me.”
Seven-year-old Indy, that is a trained PTSD solution dog, decreased to her and ensured she was okay, comforting her and licking her face.
After about 15 minutes passed, 6 people found her and came to help, including a nurse and a rescuer from a various mountain.
Fintel said all six remained with her and talked to her and Indy for around five hrs until she was airlifted off the hill by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter.
Indy, wearing safety goggles over his face, watched his injured owner get taken away in the helicopter. He was later on brought to the hospital.
Because the accident, Indy has actually not left Fintel’s hospital bedside as she recovers from her injuries, including fractures in her pelvis and spine and a concussion.
Fintel said Indy has actually been amazing throughout the entire process and she would have gone into shock if it had not been for her faithful friend.
“It was practically absolutely nothing short of a miracle,” she said.