US parents swept to sea in effort to save son, dog



EUREKA, California—A family that tried to rescue their dog from powerful surf in California were swept out to sea, leaving the parents dead and their 16-year-old son missing, authorities said.

Waves reaching 10 feet (3 meters) high pulled the dog into the Pacific as it ran to retrieve a stick, said Dana Jones, a state Parks and Recreation district superintendent.

Jones said the boy went after the dog, prompting his father to go after them. She said the teenager was able to get out, but when he didn’t see his father, he and his mother went into the water looking for him.

“Both were dragged into the ocean,” Jones said of Saturday’s tragedy.

Rescuers eventually retrieved the mother’s body, and the father’s body washed up.

The dog got out of the water on its own, Jones said.

The Coast Guard deployed a helicopter and two motor life boats to search for the teenager, but the aerial search was ended because of thick fog.

Coast Guard Lieutenant Bernie Garrigan said Monday a person without a wetsuit could not survive for long because of the frigid waters.

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  • joerizal

    Perfect candidates for the Darwin award.

    • batangpaslit

      misplaced understanding of life.
      it appears that dog life is equivalent to a human life
      dogs are natural swimmers

  • $5699914

    too much protection for animal-rights, they forgot that human life is more important in such situation…

    • batangpaslit

      you said it
      dog worshippers they are

  • Donardo Cuago

    For dog lovers, a dog is not just a pet. They r considered as another family member.  
    so when the boy saw what happened to his dog he instinctively tried to save it. exactly the same thing he would do in case his younger sibling would b in such a situation.

    • batangpaslit

      dog life = human life
      what a warp view of life

      • Donardo Cuago

        LOYALTY-wise, pet dogs r even more valuable than a lot of human I’ve known.
        Too bad the boy was not aware his dog could swim back to shore…perhaps, he was in a state of panic that time…

  • ryq24

    people who don’t have a pet dog will never understand the action of this family.

    • batangpaslit

      i do understand
      one, they don’t know that dogs are natural swimmers
      two, they don’t know which is is more valuable: human life or dog’s life
      three, they don’t know what that a 10 feet wave could do
      i have pets too. but, i do not worship my pets

  • batangpaslit

    the dog can swim back since dogs are natural swimmers

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