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Posted: 11/26/2012 1:52:45 PM
What a horrifying story. As someone who lived on the Oregon coast for 10 years and still visits there at least once a month, I constantly witness unsafe/foolish behavior on the beach. Most people probably don't even realize the risks - rip tides, sneaker waves, moving debris, etc. - but if you spend any time on the coast, especially in places like Washington, Oregon and northern California, PLEASE take the time to familiarize yourself with beach safety.


..EUREKA, Calif. (AP) — Family members trying to rescue their dog from powerful surf in Northern California were swept out to sea, leaving a couple dead and their 16-year-old son missing, authorities said.

Waves reaching 10 feet in height pulled the dog into the ocean as it ran to retrieve a stick at Big Lagoon, a beach north of Eureka, said Dana Jones, a state Parks and Recreation district superintendent.

Jones said the boy went after the dog, prompting his father to go after them. She said the teenager was able to get out, but when he didn't see his father, he and his mother went into the water looking for him.

"Both were dragged into the ocean," Jones said of Saturday's tragedy.

The Times-Standard reports (http://bit.ly/UmSP2P) the couple's daughter called 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 terrain. When he arrived, he wasn't able to get to them because of the high surf, she said.

Rescuers eventually retrieved the mother's body and the father's body washed up.

The dog got out of the water on its own, Jones said.

The Coast Guard deployed a helicopter and two motor life boats to search for the teenager, but the aerial search was suspended by thick coastal fog.

A call seeking the status of the Coast Guard's search on Sunday wasn't immediately returned.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 2:00:27 PM
Stories like this make me so sad. People don't realize how fast something like this can happen. I see them on the coast all the time, throwing sticks into the ocean for the dog to retrieve, or not paying attention to what the ocean is doing as they walk along the beach.

My heart goes out to their family. People definitely need to be aware and careful when they are on the beach.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 2:06:08 PM
I just heard about this, such a horrible thing to happen to a family.

I live close to Lake Michigan and people have died because they have gotten caught in rip tides and drowned.


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Posted: 11/26/2012 2:37:42 PM
What a sad story.




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Posted: 11/26/2012 2:44:08 PM
Dreadful tragedy- especially as it was avoidable. I really feel for their friends and relatives.


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Posted: 11/26/2012 2:51:27 PM
I used to live there and my friends know this family I've been "watching" on Facebook. So sad.

ETA: They were native to the beach area and I think they "knew better" but got caught up in wanting to help their dog, and then, in turn, their family members.

And the dog was the only one that survived.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 3:02:04 PM
Be careful on thin ice too. We were warned in puppy kindergarten to decide now not to attempt to rescue a dog that has fallen through the ice it's just too dangerous.


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Posted: 11/26/2012 3:02:45 PM
We just spent Thanksgiving in Mendocino -- including all boys surfing in ocean -- this story is so sad.



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Posted: 11/26/2012 3:05:54 PM
I used to live there and my friends know this family I've been "watching" on Facebook. So sad.

ETA: They were native to the beach area and I think they "knew better" but got caught up in wanting to help their dog, and then, in turn, their family members.

And the dog was the only one that survived.
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So sad. Didn't a daughter also survive? That poor girl- I can't imagine seeing your whole family swept out to sea, helpless to save them. Breaks my heart.


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Posted: 11/26/2012 3:06:46 PM

So sad. Didn't a daughter also survive? That poor girl- I can't imagine seeing your whole family swept out to sea, helpless to save them. Breaks my heart.


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ETA: Here's a picture of the family

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Posted: 11/26/2012 3:07:20 PM
We have a trip planned to the No. California coast. I'll be printing out this story and sharing it with my family. A great reminder of how powerful the ocean is. I've been reading that it may not be safe to boogie board up there like we're used to doing down here .... still researching.

Gosh, what a horrible tragedy



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Posted: 11/26/2012 3:39:16 PM
We live fairly close to Lake Michigan. People drown there, every summer. They don't listen to the warnings about tide, rip current, high waves, etc. Is very sad.


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Posted: 11/26/2012 3:42:51 PM
There was a family here in Ohio where both parents died trying to rescue the dog from a river and their girls watched it happen. Horrible thing to see. So, it's all water, not just the beach.

I also remember a man drowning in a little retention pond trying to rescue his dog who had fallen through the ice.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 3:52:44 PM
The first time I visited a beach in Oregon there was a sign "do not turn your back to the ocean". I thought it was really strange until a year later there was a store of someone being ripped out to see when they had their back turned to the ocean.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 3:57:25 PM
The first time I visited a beach in Oregon there was a sign "do not turn your back to the ocean". I thought it was really strange until a year later there was a store of someone being ripped out to see when they had their back turned to the ocean.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 3:57:36 PM
I live in this area and my kids went to school with the boy. I have been crying for days about this horrible tragedy. My husband and I were at this beach a few weeks ago when the waves were smaller, but it is a very very strong wave that breaks on the shore and has a strong rip current.

The daughter was the one to call 911, my heart breaks for her to lose her whole family. Words can't even describe the feelings in our small town today.



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Posted: 11/26/2012 3:59:50 PM
even though the ocean can be dangerous, we will still keep surfing and boogy boarding. Even my 8 year old. Like all things, you need to be aware of the environment.



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Posted: 11/26/2012 4:05:19 PM
I have a lot to be thankful for. That poor girl.


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Posted: 11/26/2012 4:07:18 PM
even though the ocean can be dangerous, we will still keep surfing and boogy boarding. Even my 8 year old. Like all things, you need to be aware of the environment.
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Oh, believe me, we do too. I'm not suggesting not doing fun things, just to be informed and smart about safety. Especially when people are traveling from other places and are not familiar with the nature of the ocean around here.


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Posted: 11/26/2012 4:13:57 PM
So terribly sorry for that little girl. what a horrible tragedy.

Question: We have a trip planned next summer to Florida and I was going to bring life jackets for us to wear. Is there a reason people don't do this in the oceans? We do in the lakes because they are so murky and you just never know!


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Posted: 11/26/2012 6:36:34 PM
Here are more details on how this unfolded, with witness info, etc.

I'm posting this just because I don't want this family to come off looking ignorant or disrespectful of the power of the ocean. It seems like it was a one-thing-led-to-another type of thing based on the dog being allowed to play in the surf.

They are really a wonderful family; I didn't know them personally. But by all accounts they loved animals and nature.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 7:50:54 PM
My mom is friends with the brother of the woman who passed with her husband and son. He said his niece survived (someone asked if everyone in the family passed). Such a sad story and situation - his grief in his FB posts is heartwrenching.


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Posted: 11/26/2012 8:14:46 PM
OT-this reminds of the story a few years ago now of the guy who got lost in the winter. He died while walking out for help while his wife and young daughters stayed with the car. They were later rescued. I wonder how they are doing.

ETA: I looked up the story and I can't believe it's been 6 years!



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Posted: 11/26/2012 8:49:21 PM
From land locked Missouri .... ???? Don't turn your back on the ocean? Why? How do people get "swept" away?
I'm do not intend snark -- but I don't understand.
We have rivers and streams -- they run ... usually not deep, but they can be brisk.
Is it the depth of the water?
And what is the turn your back thing about?

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Posted: 11/26/2012 8:53:55 PM
I think the "don't turn your back" thing is because you just never know what the ocean can do at any given time. It can be just mild and a big wave can come out of nowhere.



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Posted: 11/26/2012 8:59:22 PM
I was just reading about this in my local paper. How incredibly sad. I live close to Lake Michigan and the past few years we have seen many drownings due to rip currents and it scares the crap out of me. Taking my kids to the beach in the summer is a completely nerve wracking event for me.



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Posted: 11/26/2012 9:19:16 PM
How horrific.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 9:57:59 PM
Truly horrific.



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Posted: 11/26/2012 10:27:09 PM
What a sad story for this family.


We have a trip planned next summer to Florida and I was going to bring life jackets for us to wear. Is there a reason people don't do this in the oceans? We do in the lakes because they are so murky and you just never know!


I have heard the buoyancy of a life jacket may make it harder to maintain control and easier for a rip current or undertow to pull you out from the beach though I don't know anything official about life jackets at the beach. I know that's the reason you do not put your kid in floaties of any type at the beach.


From land locked Missouri .... ???? Don't turn your back on the ocean? Why? How do people get "swept" away?
I'm do not intend snark -- but I don't understand.
We have rivers and streams -- they run ... usually not deep, but they can be brisk.
Is it the depth of the water?
And what is the turn your back thing about?


One of my coworkers was in HI a couple months ago and said she was no more than waist deep in a calm ocean when a rogue wave swept in and sucked her out. Unfortunately, the surf kicked in about that time causing her to have no control, unable to regain her footing and the mercy of the waves. It took her DH and 2 bystanders quite awhile to pull her out of the water while her niece freaked out on the beach. She said she thought for sure she was going to drown, and she grew up in SoCal going to the beach and swimming in the ocean.

I remain on high alert in the water regardless of whether I'm walking in it, surfing, or boating. Doesn't matter if it's lake, river, or ocean.

ETA: Govt Website about Rip Currents with Real Stories

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Posted: 11/26/2012 10:49:26 PM
How very sad.

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Posted: 11/27/2012 1:44:53 AM
the coast of northern ca and oregon are very dangerous. people are killed quite often. in oregon, the signs are "don't turn your back on the ocean"....two reasons--one, large out of sequence waves can knock you off your feet and into the surf and/or rip current. you need information on how to deal with it...and it is not easy. two, in oregon (and washington), large logs may roll in on the surf and knock you down...hurt or kill you or knock you into the ocean.

often, in mid ca and northern ca coast, people go out on rocks and get swept out to sea...again, they may not know how to fight a rip current, they may not be swimmers...and another big factor is that the water is always 50 degrees...so you could die of cold in 20 minutes or less.

at ocean beach in SF, the beach is free and pretty and dangerous. I never let my kids even stick a toe into it...due to cold and rip currents. many people have died there. only advanced surfers go out into it...and the national park service rescue squad.

the waves on a ocean beach can knock you down so you can't get up. the water is heavy and powerful.
southern ca beaches are different... we have dogs on the beaches here..but I would never go in to rescue one.

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Posted: 11/27/2012 7:43:13 AM
Currents and riptides tend to be fairly localised and it's typically a matter of swimming perpendicular to them, not against them in order to escape their pull. I have a healthy fear of surge and surf, though.


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