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Search ends for boy swept to sea in California

CALIFORNIA

Search ends for
boy swept to sea

The Coast Guard ended a search yesterday for a teenager whose parents were killed when the three family members tried to rescue their dog from powerful surf in Northern California.

Powerful, 10-foot waves pulled the dog into the ocean Saturday as it ran to retrieve a stick, authorities said.

The 16-year-old boy went after the dog, prompting his father to attempt a rescue, said Dana Jones, a state parks district superintendent. The teenager was able to get out of the waves but then went back into the water with his mother in search of his father.

“Both were dragged into the ocean,” Jones said, adding the dog got out of the water on its own.

The names of the family members have not been released.

Coast Guard Lt. Bernie Garrigan said the search for the teenager was stopped because a person without a wetsuit could not survive for long in the surf.

The couple’s daughter called the police.

Jones said a park ranger had to run a half-mile to get to the beach because his car wasn’t made to handle the rugged terrain. When he arrived, he wasn’t able to get to the family members because of the high surf, she said.

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

The Associated Press

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