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Old 11-27-2012, 05:20 AM   #1
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Family Swept to Sea in Dog Rescue

A teenager and his parents were swept out to sea one by one after the boy tried to save their pet dog, which was overtaken by 10-foot-waves while running on the beach.

The family, which included the parents, son, a daughter and their dog were at Big Lagoon beach, about 30 miles north of Eureka, Calif., on Saturday when the incident occurred, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The dog was playing fetch with a stick on the steep beach when the 10-foot-swell came in, according to Coast Guard Lt. Bernie Garrigan.

"The beach is incredibly steep, and we had 10 foot swells... come through there Saturday, and it is really really steep, so the 10 foot waves smashes directly on the beach. They were throwing a stick for the dog, and the dog ran too close to the water and got pulled in," Garrigan said.

When the dog was overtaken by the wave and pulled out into the ocean, the 16-year-old boy went in after him and it was quickly apparent that the boy was in trouble.

The parents then went in to rescue the boy, according to Garrigan. All three were pulled out to sea. The dog managed to find its way back on shore and survived.

The daughter never entered the water, Garrigan said.

The Coast Guard did not release the names of the family members.

The Coast Guard and Humboldt County Sheriff's Department responded to a 911 call about the individuals in the water, sending a helicopter and two rescue boats to scour the water.

The bodies of the parents were found onshore later Saturday. The search for the boy continued Saturday and Sunday but was suspended today. Garrigan said the sheriff's department was making periodic checks of the beach.

"The Coast Guard gives our condolences to the family. We have done and are doing all we can," he said.

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Old 11-27-2012, 05:21 AM   #2
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I think this is one of the saddest things I've ever read.
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Old 11-27-2012, 05:24 AM   #3
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I read this story yesterday morning and it just made me cry - so awful
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Old 11-27-2012, 07:16 AM   #4
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How awful!
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Old 11-27-2012, 07:23 AM   #5
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Oh my lord, that poor girl lost her family, I can't imagine.
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Old 11-27-2012, 07:39 AM   #6
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:50 AM   #7
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That is absolutely the most tragic thing I have ever read. So very sad.
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:13 AM   #8
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I saw this yesterday. So horrible. That poor girl. My heart aches for her and the rest of the family.
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It's incredibly sad but it was incredibly stupid. Those people live in the area and are familiar with it therefore they should have some clue how dangerous the N. Calif surf can be. They should have known better than to go into the water after the dog.
As a parent, once the kid was in the water, I totally understand their reactions and have no idea how I would have reacted but I do know I would have moved heaven and earth to keep my teenager from going after the dog in pounding surf in the first place.
I really feel for the daughter who lost her entire family in the blink of an eye, standing helplessly on a beach.
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So sad. I feel so bad for this family.
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This is just heartbreaking.
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How tragic and heartbreaking . My heart goes out to their daughter and families involved.
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How tragic and heartbreaking . My heart goes out to their daughter and families involved.
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:02 PM   #15
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Update

The daughter left behind when her parents and brother were swept out to sea while trying to save their pet dog is "devastated," according to one relative.

Olivia Kuljian, 18, watched from the northern California beach Saturday as her brother, 16-year-old Gregory Kuljian, went into the rough surf after their dog was swept away by a 10-foot-wave. The Kuljian's parents then went in after Gregory, and all three were pulled out into the ocean by the rough surf.

"She is doing the best she can under the circumstances, but obviously she is devastated," David Scott, Olivia's uncle, told ABC News today. "To wake up and not have a family anymore, it's just devastating. I can't explain it. I hope no one else ever has to go through this."

The bodies of the girl's parents were found hours later on the beach. A search for Gregory was called off Sunday and his body has not been found.

David Scott, who lives in Florida, said that the family is waiting until the body of Gregory is recovered to make funeral arrangements. The family's friends in Humboldt County, Calif., have rallied around Olivia and the extended family, he said.

"She and her mother and the whole family were loved by the community, and I feel very good in my heart that they'll take care of Olivia the best they can," he said. "It's very traumatic, of course, and I'm very thankful for the friends that have been very supportive. We've gotten hundreds of comments and prayers."

The dog was playing fetch with a stick on the steep beach when the 10-foot-swell came in, according to Coast Guard Lt. Bernie Garrigan.

"The beach is incredibly steep, and we had 10 foot swells... come through there Saturday, and it is really really steep, so the 10 foot waves smashes directly on the beach. They were throwing a stick for the dog, and the dog ran too close to the water and got pulled in," Garrigan said.

Gregory ran toward the water but was also pulled in. Howard Kuljian, 54, and his wife, Mary Scott, 57, then went to try and rescue their son.

Olivia and Gregory's girlfriend, whose name has not been released, remained on the beach while a witness called 911, according to the Associated Press.

Coast Guard life boats and a helicopter rushed to the scene, but officials were not able to rescue any of the family members. The search for Gregory Kuljian, known as Geddie, was called off Sunday night due to cold, windy weather, according to Garrigan.

The U.S. Coast Guard said that Gregory would not have been able to survive in the cold water past Sunday.

The dog survived the incident.

Scott said that members of the Kuljian's community had offered to take care of the entire family when they travel for the funeral.

Students at Gregory's high school began a social media campaign on Facebook and Twitter over the weekend, organizing a "Wear Green for Geddie" day on Monday.

"Rest in Paradise you sweet sweet boy. You were an honor to know, and I barely even knew you #weargreenforgeddie," wrote Twitter user Colleen Epperly.

"It's amazing how we all can come together to celebrate the life of such such a great person #WearGreenForGeddie." wrote Westleigh Davies.
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