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Family of drowning victim tries to save lives

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A family whose loved one died a year ago in the Clackamas River is trying to spare other families the same grief.

Meagan O'Meara drowned on July 5, 2013, after jumping into the river from her raft. She never resurfaced, and her body was found three days later.

"Meagan loved life, and she loved to swim," said Brenda Doyle, her mother. "I miss her, and I don't want anybody else to have to go through what my family has had to go through."

Meagan O'Meara's family and friends set up a tent at Barton Park to give away about 150 life jackets – to anyone who needed them.

"If we can save one life, it'll make our day," said Rob O'Meara, her father.

Authorities said Meagan O'Meara drowned in a section of the Clackamas River known as they whirlpool. It's about 20 feet of swirling water that's extremely difficult to escape.

Her father said she would appreciate their efforts to help other people. They would like to make the life jacket giveaway an annual event. Sponsors donated hundreds of dollars to their cause.

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