Parents drown rescuing family dog, teenage son now missing

Posted at 9:24 PM, Nov 25, 2012
and last updated 2012-11-25 21:24:20-05

A man and woman are dead and a teenage boy is missing after the trio were swept into the ocean by big waves in northern California while trying to rescue their dog, according to media reports.

The accident happened Saturday afternoon at Big Lagoon about 32 miles north of Eureka in Humboldt County.

Family members went into the water to try to save their pet dog, which had been pulled away by 8- to 10-foot waves, KTVU-TV reported.

The mother and father drowned and their bodies were recovered. They were pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Times-Standard.  A 16-year-old boy, believed to be the couple’s son, was missing.

The U.S. Coast Guard said the daughter called police, according to KTVU.

The dog managed to make it to safety, the TV station reported.