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Couple dead, teen missing after family swept to sea trying to save dog
foxnews.com ^ | 11/26/12 | ap

Posted on 11/26/2012 9:41:34 AM PST by ColdOne

A couple died and their 16-year-old son went missing after being swept into sea in Northern California while trying to save their dog, authorities said Sunday.

The family was at Big Lagoon, a beach north of Eureka, Saturday afternoon when the dog chased after a thrown stick and got pulled into the ocean by eight to ten foot waves, said Dana Jones, a state Parks and Recreation district superintendent.

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

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TOPICS: Local News; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: animalrescue; dog; drowning; missing

1 posted on 11/26/2012 9:41:38 AM PST by ColdOne
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To: ColdOne

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

Oh boy.........


2 posted on 11/26/2012 9:46:13 AM PST by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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To: ColdOne

These stories always end the same way.


3 posted on 11/26/2012 9:46:47 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: ColdOne

Sad. Wonderful beaches in Northern California and the Oregon coast. But you don’t want to mess around when the waves are up.


4 posted on 11/26/2012 9:47:54 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: ColdOne

Very sad and tragic.


5 posted on 11/26/2012 9:48:31 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (There goes the dominoes...)
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To: Cicero

Great to look at, but you are nuts to go swimming there.


6 posted on 11/26/2012 9:49:03 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: ColdOne

How do they know what happened? Were their witnesses?
That called no assistance when it was happening?


7 posted on 11/26/2012 9:49:26 AM PST by geologist (The only answer to the troubles of this life is Jesus. A decision we all must make.)
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To: massgopguy

The ones that make national news always end in the same way. If the dog had drowned and everyone else survived I doubt that we would be reading about it.


8 posted on 11/26/2012 9:50:22 AM PST by Hieronymus ( (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. --G.K. Chesterton))
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To: ColdOne

Obviously it wasn’t the Romney’s...............(okay, I’ll go away now.....)


9 posted on 11/26/2012 9:57:19 AM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: ColdOne

It is best to decide in advance what to do in these situations, not give in to the adrenaline and emotion at the time.

You should not risk your life to save an animal.

You might to save a person, particularly a loved one. But to attempt a rescue that you really can’t particularly achieve does not help. It is a tough call, but just running headlong into danger does not always help someone.

So sorry for the loved ones of this family.


10 posted on 11/26/2012 9:59:54 AM PST by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: geologist

There is a surviving daughter who witnessed this happening to her family and called ranger for help (useless)

While one family member might have gone in for the dog, the others died trying to save each other

Cherish every day, in 10 minutes an ordinary day can be the last day


11 posted on 11/26/2012 10:00:02 AM PST by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: silverleaf

Everyone died going in for someone else—not the dog—in that the son who initially got into trouble going after the dog got out after his father went in after him, and then he and his mother went in after his father.


12 posted on 11/26/2012 10:05:13 AM PST by Hieronymus ( (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. --G.K. Chesterton))
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To: Persevero

Seems like they were playing fetch into the ocean riptide. The family probably had no idea of the danger until it was too late.


13 posted on 11/26/2012 10:26:01 AM PST by Arthurio
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To: ColdOne

I love my dog. I would die for my kids, but not for my dog.


14 posted on 11/26/2012 10:36:12 AM PST by Bubba_Leroy (The Obamanation Continues)
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15 posted on 11/26/2012 10:44:21 AM PST by RedMDer (Please support Toys for Tots this CHRISTmas season.)
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To: Hieronymus
Everyone died going in for someone else—not the dog—in that the son who initially got into trouble going after the dog got out after his father went in after him, and then he and his mother went in after his father.

16 year old son went in after dog. When the son got in trouble, Dad went in after the son. The son and the dog got out on their own. Dad was in trouble, so Mom and the son went in after Dad. The daughter went for help.

I can't fault the Dad. I would have gone in after my child. I believe that my wife has enough sense, however, that she would not then go in after me or allow my child to go back in after me.

As a Dad, I would have no regrets if I died to save my child. But I would be really pissed off in the afterlife if that sacrifice only resulted in my wife and child dying too.

16 posted on 11/26/2012 10:50:28 AM PST by Bubba_Leroy (The Obamanation Continues)
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To: Persevero

You throw the stick into waters, you are responsible for your dog. Not the entire family, but definitely whoever threw the stick!


17 posted on 11/26/2012 11:02:25 AM PST by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: Persevero

People don’t make these decisions saying, “I’m going to risk my life to save my dog.” They don’t think they’re risking their lives. They think they’ll be okay. They overestimate their strength and underestimate the strength of nature.

The other family members went in to save beloved humans, not the dog.


18 posted on 11/26/2012 11:32:51 AM PST by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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19 posted on 11/26/2012 11:34:41 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: ColdOne

That is so sad.


21 posted on 11/26/2012 11:44:09 AM PST by KansasGirl ("If you have a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."--B. Hussein Obama)
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To: ColdOne

That is so sad.


22 posted on 11/26/2012 11:44:17 AM PST by KansasGirl ("If you have a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."--B. Hussein Obama)
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To: ColdOne

That is so sad.


23 posted on 11/26/2012 11:44:28 AM PST by KansasGirl ("If you have a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."--B. Hussein Obama)
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To: Bubba_Leroy

As a father and husband, I largely agree with your take on the situation as to who should and shouldn’t go in—though I am not sure that Mrs. H would make the decision that I would hope she would.

That said, I would be quite annoyed in this life at my kid for going in after the dog—if the dog is in trouble it is a good sign that no one should be in the water (I grew up on the Oregon coast). On the other hand, I trust that God takes us when it is best, so I hope that I wouldn’t be too ticked in the afterlife.

I can see the son’s point—if he got Dad into trouble, he has a duty to get him out (though I would still say to him cut your losses). Risking one’s life so that one wouldn’t have to live with that is understandable—though if he has already been in once he is likely to be more of a liability than a help.

In the end, the advice to think things out ahead of time is good because decisions under pressure often are not the greatest.


24 posted on 11/26/2012 11:56:16 AM PST by Hieronymus ( (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. --G.K. Chesterton))
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To: allmendream

Yeah—responsible for getting the dog into trouble, but not obliged to risk one’s life to get the pooch out of trouble. Two wrongs do not make a right. If he had just held tight, everything would have been ok. I’m not sure what kind of dog was involved, but if it was big enough to be fetching sticks in the surf, it is probably a far better swimmer in those sorts of conditions than any human being, or at least anyone who is not a SEAL.


25 posted on 11/26/2012 12:03:03 PM PST by Hieronymus ( (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. --G.K. Chesterton))
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To: ottbmare

“People don’t make these decisions saying, “I’m going to risk my life to save my dog.””

That’s why I say, make these decisions in advance of a crisis. Of course they didn’t think they were risking their lives. That’s because there was a sudden crisis and they were reacting emotionally.


26 posted on 11/26/2012 12:04:49 PM PST by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: allmendream

“You throw the stick into waters, you are responsible for your dog.”

Yes, you are responsible, but not to the point of risking your life to save his. Human and animal lives are not equivalent.


27 posted on 11/26/2012 12:05:58 PM PST by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: napscoordinator
The dog got out of the water on its own, Jones said.

Fido was probably named in the will. It was his plan all along.

28 posted on 11/26/2012 12:13:12 PM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: ColdOne

Waves move things up and down. Currents move things from place to place. Walk down the beach ‘til doggie clears the rip current, and doggie will swim right to you. Or go in to save doggie and die.


29 posted on 11/26/2012 12:17:39 PM PST by gundog (Help us, Nairobi-Wan Kenobi...you're our only hope.)
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To: ColdOne

In this situation, you get another dog and try to be less of an asshole to the new animal.


30 posted on 11/26/2012 12:19:12 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: ColdOne; Joe 6-pack

I don’t know how many signs they have to put up in Northern California to keep people from trying to swim where there is deadly undertow.

Hubby and I for years vacationed during the “off season” (November) at the Wine Coast in Northern California, and we did some beach walks, but we kept a good eye out for large swells, and we never once dipped in a toe.

There are numerous signs warning of swells and undertow. There are clear explanations of what can happen, what to watch for, what to do, and what NOT to do. These people definitely did what not to do.

It is really sad that three people gave their lives attempting to save a dog that saved itself, but I am happy that their daughter and the dog are all right.

God bless the child, for her mourning must be unbearable. May God grant her solace.


31 posted on 11/26/2012 12:35:50 PM PST by TheOldLady
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To: Joe 6-pack; All

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2238834/Pictured-Parents-son-16-swept-deaths-trying-rescue-dog-sea—daughter-boys-girlfriend-watched.html

photos of family and dog at link


32 posted on 11/26/2012 1:17:56 PM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11 0bie don' t eatl my dog!)
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To: Bubba_Leroy

They should not have been playing “catch” in 10 foot waves. There was a chance it could go wrong.

And, when the son went after the dog, I’m sure he felt he could find it. You don’t make a rational decision to die for your pet.

Sorry they tempted fate.


33 posted on 11/26/2012 6:15:34 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: ColdOne

And:

http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2012/11/parents-teenage-boy-die-saving-dog-swept-away-sea


34 posted on 11/26/2012 6:52:47 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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