With just seconds to reach, West saw a vicious current of black water carrying ash and tree limbs along with it. That water was heading right to them.
"You make the wrong step, and you get sucked under, you just pray you make the right decision," West explains.
With his dog hoisted onto his shoulders, Brandon made his way through the black water. Lucky, taking the brunt of the current. Eventually, the current overpowered them, sweeping them downstream and sent them crashing into three different waterfalls.
"At that point, I was just so physically exhausted, I couldn't hold onto him anymore...and he ripped from my arms."