On August 10th, 2018, at approximately 6:40 a.m. Grand Falls-Windsor RCMP received a call for service from a local resident who lives near the Exploits River.
The caller reported that his 15-year-old chocolate Labrador Retriever, named Mocha, had, sometime overnight, strayed from the back yard and rolled down a very steep embankment, more than 60 feet to the edge of the Exploits River.
Constable Phil Vautour of Grand Falls-Windsor RCMP responded to the call and, without hesitation, made his way down the steep embankment to the water's edge. He located Mocha, who was alive but injured and unable to walk. Constable Vautour reassured Mocha and lifted her into his arms.
The embankment was too steep to climb back up with the 80-pound dog. The Constable carried Mocha approximately 500 metres along the edge of the river, over tough terrain, to an area that was better accessible to the owner.
Mocha has been taken to the veterinarian by her owner for medical care. The RCMP wishes Mocha a full recovery.