Hiker Falls to Death Trying to Save Dog South Carolina man plunges 125 feet; dog regained footing, is OK By Matt Cantor, Newser User Posted May 3, 2011 4:45 PM CDT 9 comments Comments File photo. A hiker fell 125 feet as he tried to rescue his dog. (Shutterstock) (Newser) – A hiker in South Carolina died after plummeting 125 feet in an attempt to save his dog, the AP reports. The dog stumbled on a ledge while on a hike with architect David Lewis and Lewis' girlfriend. When Lewis sought to save his pet—who regained its footing and survived—he tumbled down a waterfall. His girlfriend was bruised trying to rescue him, a coroner said.