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Family of four Hagg Lake drowning victims plans to sue Washington County

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A heart-breaking tragedy took place almost one year ago, four members of one Hillsboro family drowned in Hagg Lake.

Now, their family is planning to sue Washington County.

An attorney sent letters to Washington County, notifying of his intent to sue for damages, alleging the county failed to warn the public about the risks at Hagg Lake.

Late last August, four members of the same family drowned at the lake, near the Sain Creek picnic area.

Clackamas County divers recovered the body of three-year-old Jeremy Scholl one night, then found the bodies of his mother, Gabriela Garcia-Ixtacua, his uncle, Michael Garcia-Ixtacua and grandmother, Jova Ixtacua-Castano the next day.

There is a drastic drop off in the water near the water's edge, that's where a team of divers recovered the bodies.

There were life jackets available to borrow on shore, but deputies said nobody was wearing one.

The family's estate alleges the four deaths occurred as a result of Washington County's failure to properly maintain and manage the area, including failing to put up proper signage warning about dangerous underwater conditions.

The tort claim notice does not say how much money the family will seek.

A Washington County spokesman told FOX 12 they cannot comment on pending litigation, but points out they made several safety improvements to Hagg Lake as a direct result of these four drownings.

Those improvements include adding more kiosks with free loaner life jackets, emergency throw rings and installing warning signs and pictographs.

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