A couple have died and their 16-year-old son is missing after trying to save a dog from powerful surf in Northern California.
Big waves pulled the dog out to sea as it ran to retrieve a stick at Big Lagoon, a beach north of Eureka on Saturday afternoon.
The boy went after the dog, prompting his father to go after them.
The teenager made it out of the water safely, but when he could not see his father, he returned to the water with his mother.
"Both were dragged into the ocean," said Dana Jones, a state Parks and Recreation district superintendent.
The couple's daughter reportedly phoned emergency services for help.
A park ranger was unable to help the stricken family members because of the dangerous surf.
Rescuers eventually retrieved the mother's body and the father's body washed up.
The dog made it out of the water on its own, Jones said.
The US Coast Guard sent a helicopter and two life boats to search for the teenager yesterday, but the aerial search was suspended last night due to coastal fog.
Source: Times Standard
Author: Erin Tennant, Approving editor: Henri Paget