Friends mourn family killed trying to save dog in ocean
A Northern California community was in mourning after three members of a family -- including a teenage boy -- were swept out to sea as they attempted to rescue their dog from the powerful surf.
The Humboldt County coroner said Howard Kuljian, 50, and his wife, Mary Scott, 54, of Eureka, Calif., drowned Saturday after rushing into the water at Big Lagoon, a beach north of Eureka.
Officials say the family dog had run into the ocean to fetch a stick when it was pulled in by waves. The couple's 16-year-old son, Gregory Kuljian, ran into the water after the dog, prompting his father to enter the water as well.
The teenager was able to return to shore, but when his father did not surface, Gregory reentered the water with his mother to search for him.
A Facebook page has been set up in memory of Gregory.
Friends described him on the page as an upbeat and caring person, according to the Associated Press.
"I will always remember him no matter how long," one wrote. "Especially how he was such an upbeat happy person or how he tried to put up 'Be Happy' propaganda posters he drew around school."ALSO: