Swimming now barred where Oregon family drowned

The area of an Oregon lake where four members of a family drowned last month has been closed to swimming for the rest of the year.

Washington County sheriff’s deputies put crime-scene tape along that dangerous spot of Henry Hagg Lake on Monday, and temporary signs are being posted by the Parks Department.

The action comes shortly after Michael Medill of Gaston was given a $5,000 ticket for ignoring orders not to bolt warning signs into posts and trees.

Medill said residents have been lobbying for signs warning of a sharp drop-off in the lake since 2012 when eight children nearly drowned.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Bob Ray says the actions taking place Monday were already in the works before Medill took matters into his own hands.

Read The Seattle Times


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