Big Lagoon, CA – A couple have drowned and their 16-year-old son is missing after all three went into the ocean to try and save the family dog.
The family were at Big Lagoon beach Saturday afternoon when their dog got stuck in the ocean after chasing a thrown stick. The teen out went into the eight to ten foot waves in order to rescue the dog, followed by the teen’s father.
The teen was able to make it back to the beach on his own, but once out of the water he realized his father was still stuck out in the ocean. This prompted him and his mother to go back out into the water to help him, leading to all three to getting swept out.
While this was happening, the couple’s daughter called 911. A park ranger made it to the beach after running 1/2 a mile to get there because his vehicle was unable to navigate the terrain. He was not able to go out and help the family because of the high surf.
The mother’s body was retrieved by rescuers, while her husband’s body eventually washed up on shore. The U.S. Coast Guard had helicopters out looking for the teen, but had to call off the search that evening due to heavy coastal fog. As of today, the teen has still not been found.
The names of the family are not being released until they can contact their family members. The dog came out of the water on its own.
I have come to grips that people treat their pets like humans, so its not surprising to me when I see people pushing dogs around in baby strollers while dressed in funny outfits, or jumping into the ocean to save them. But listen, dogs are animals and excellent swimmers. They usually don’t need your help when it comes to fighting 8 to 10 foot waves.Tags: Big Lagoon, California, Crime, dog, Drowning