(LOS ANGELES) — 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 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. “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 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 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 dog survived the incident.
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