Category: Society / November 26, 2012 7:03 PM EST
Two parents are dead and their teenage son is missing after they were swept into the Pacific Ocean on Saturday (November 24) while trying to rescue their family dog.
The 16-year-old went into the ocean after his dog when the dog was pulled under by the heavy surf on the beach in the Northern California town of Trinidad, according to authorities. The man, believed to be his father, went in after them, but never returned. When the teenager came back out of the water he went in a second time with his mother to look for his father.
According to the sheriff's office, the rescuers responded quickly but were delayed because of the terrain.
"They arrived on scene and had trouble accessing the area because the sand is real soft up here”
Rescuers found the man and woman's bodies when they washed ashore.
The teenager is still missing.
The dog returned to shore safely.