Dog swept away

Woman agonizes over dog who was swept away

A woman is agonizing over the tragic, and unexpected, death of her dog who died after being swept away into an uncovered flood gate in Newport Beach, California. According to Sunday’s CBS Los Angeles, last week Madi McNaughton was enjoying a day out with her three-year-old dog Rupert when the unthinkable happened.

On Thursday morning, Rupert, a 150-pound Mastiff mix, was swept away by a wave that pushed him directly into harm’s way. McNaughton recounted the events leading up to the tragic accident on Facebook:

I threw Rupert’s ball for him, not realizing that it would be the last time I ever got to play ball with my baby…. As he went out to get it a wave of high tide came in and next thing I knew I saw him getting swept towards the drain that you see in the video. Not even thinking I dropped everything I had and jumped in trying to reach him.

McNaughton was scraped and cut in her effort to save Rupert’s life – tragically, her efforts were not successful and now she is agonizing over the loss of her beloved pet. She described the moment that she knew Rupert was lost:

I reached Rupert right as he was getting pulled into the drain, I had my one hand on his collar and the other gripping the wall above me trying my hardest to hold on to him but I couldn’t do it… At this point water was rushing over my head and my grip on the wall was slipping and I had no choice but to let my baby go knowing that I’d probably never see him again.

Following Rupert’s death, there is a push to get warning signs in the area, and for officials to cover the open flood gate area.

(photo via Facebook)

I know that everyone is wondering what happened yesterday that ended Ruperts life too soon. I'm going try and get through the tears as I share his story …This is where my baby lost his life yesterday… This is at a know public dog beach that is enjoyed by many and what looked like a nice mellow place to play ball quickly turned into a horrible accident that I will have to live with for the rest of my life… We hadn't been at the beach for more than 10 minutes when we got to this spot, I had 4 dogs with me so I took them down this way where I had seen many people before as there was less people around. I was standing where you see me standing in the video, we had just walked up and I decided throw the balls in the water that looked to be pretty mellow at the time. The other dogs all went in after the ball and came back just fine, it wasnt even that deep where they were…. As they were coming back in I threw Ruperts ball for him, not realizing that it would be the last time I ever got to play ball with my baby…. As he went out to get it a wave of high tide came in and next thing I knew I saw him getting swept towards the drain that you see in the video. Not even thinking I dropped everything I had and jumped in trying to reach him… where the drain goes in was so deep that I couldn't touch the group and I had no leverage and nothing to grab onto. I reached Rupert right as he was getting pulled into the drain, I had my one hand on his collar and the other gripping the wall above me trying my hardest to hold on to him but I couldnt do it… At this point water was rushing over my head and my grip on the wall was slipping and I had no choice but to let my baby go knowing that id probably never see him again. I was barely able to pull myself out of the drain where water was rushing past me. In complete pannic I ran to the other side to see if my baby would come out but the other side was blocked with grids and there was no sight of him… My baby at just 3 years old was gone and I knew it. All I can think about is how I could have done things differently? Why did I let go? Why did it have to be high tide? Why is there not a grid over it knowing that people go down there? Why did I go that way and put him in that situation? We were able to get his body out of the water which I am thankful for, I spent 5 hours hugging him yesterday just wanting him to wake up and it all to just be a horrible dream… I have lost dogs and had to say to good buy many times but this is something I will always live with, he was not like other dogs and everyone who met him knows that.I am so so so sorry baby boy that I wasn't able to save you, mommy loves you more than anything ❤#RUPERTSLIFEMATTEREDWe will be having a vigil for my baby boy on October 6th at 6:30pm at the location where this took place. All who wish to come celebrate his life are welcome to join us: https://www.facebook.com/events/1785304915026003/UPDATE AS OF 10/2/2016Ruperts story will be on KCAL @ 10pm tonight and again at CBS2 @11pm tonight!!!You can watch live streaming here:http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/this is the location of where this took place: https://www.google.com/maps/place/33%C2%B037'51.9%22N+117%C2%B057'23.1%22W/@33.6310816,-117.9739263,14z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d33.631081!4d-117.956414

Posted by Madi McNaughton on Friday, September 30, 2016

2 replies
  1. Barkley's Mom says:

    I can’t imagine the horror this poor woman went through, trying to save her precious boy and ultimately losing him like this. Why isn’t a flood gate like that covered with some sort of screen? Condolences, my heart goes out to Ms McNaughton, and her loss of Ruperti!

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