my friend Mitch spotted this cat in trouble as we rode down the boardwalk this morning:
it was meowing like crazy, on an outcrop of rocks about 15 feet from the boardwalk
(the cat was very far from dry land at the lake level. unless the cat swam a long way from the beach, it must have gone over the wall. from the boardwalk wall down to the water is about 10 feet. )
Mitch went (somewhere) and got a ladder. It didn't quite reach but the cat was more than happy to leap to the bottom of the ladder.
a happy ending!