Just over a month ago, 3 members of an Arcata family tried to rescue their dog and each other at Big Lagoon Ca. and were lost to the mighty Pacific Ocean. The one family member that called 911 and didn't go into the water was survived, along with the dog that made it to shore.
In this New Years Day tragic story, a man died trying to save his wife and dog that were caught on a beach in high surf at Point Reyes National Seashore which is roughly 170 miles south of the Big Lagoon tragedy. People on the beach helped the man's wife get to shore and the dog made it by itself.
When at the beach here in Northern California: Please don't try to rescue a swimming or otherwise swept into the sea dog. Dogs seem to do a better job of getting out of the water than humans do. Always keep your eye on the surf when on the beach, sneaker waves which are much larger than the rest of the surf are a constant hazard and can sweep you into the sea if you are not paying attention.