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Parents and Teenage Son Swept out to Sea

A mother and father from California and their son of 16 were swept to sea last weekend after the son jumped into the cold waters attempting to save the family’s dog

November 27, 2012 – A mother and father from California and their son of 16 were swept to sea last weekend after the son jumped into the cold waters attempting to save the family’s dog from turbulent waves of the Pacific Ocean.

The dog was able to escape the waters on his own on the coast of Northern California. However, Howard Kuljian and his wife Mary Scott both of Eureka, California both lost their lives. Their son, Gregory Kuljian was still missing, said deputies from the Coroner’s office in Humboldt County.

A superintendent for the parks and recreation department of California said that somehow the dog survived on its own. He said it was tragic and everyone must be aware that the ocean sometimes is out of control.

On Saturday afternoon, the family had been walking along the beach, including their 18-year-old daughter who was not harmed in the incident. They were at Big Lagoon, which is 270 miles north of the city of San Francisco. Also with them at the time was the son’s girlfriend.

The dog jumped into the water to retrieve a stick and was hit by a wave thought to be over 10 feet high, which pulled the dog back into the water. Right away, the son attempted to save the dog. Then the father attempted to save his son and the mother, at that point, was swept away. The beach is very steep where the incident happened and the waves are very strong.

Someone nearby called for help as the Olivia Kuljian, the 18-year old daughter and her brother’s girlfriend watched in disbelief and horror. The bodies of the two parents were found near shore by rescuers. An air and sea search was conducted by the U.S. Coast Guard for the son, but darkness and fog cut that short and the impossibility of the boy surviving made them quit the search.

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