Family Killed Trying to Save Dog in Ocean

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EUREKA, Calif. — Crews called off a search for the last of three family members swept out to sea in powerful surf while looking for their dog.

Despite heavy fog, the Coast Guard had searched through the weekend for a 16-year-old boy swept out to see along with his parents, according to the Associated Press.

Waves reaching 10 feet in height pulled the dog into the ocean as it ran to retrieve a stick at Big Lagoon, a beach north of Eureka on Saturday, according to Dana Jones, a state Parks and Recreation district superintendent.

Jones said 16-year-old Gregory Kuljian went in after the dog, prompting his father, Howard, to go after them.

She said the teenager was able to get out, but when he didn’t see his father, he and his Mary Scott went into the water looking for him.

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

There is still no sign of the boy’s body.

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

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