James Leo Carignan died attempting to save Terrisa M. Voepel from drowning, Charleston, Oregon, June 3, 1972. While frolicking in the Pacific Ocean, Terrisa, 12, was caught by a strong current and carried away from shore. She called for help. Carignan, 19, off-duty coastguardsman, entered the water and, swimming through breakers, reached Terrisa, who then was 150 feet from shore. Carignan was carried farther seaward; and he drowned, as did two others who attempted to aid Terrisa before a coastguardsman reached her and supported her until a boat arrived.
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