Thomas A. McLean died helping to save Darold L. Morgan from drowning, Sandlake, Oregon, July 12, 1969. Darold, 14, was frolicking in the Pacific Ocean when he was caught by a breaker and then carried away from shore by diverse currents. McLean, 26, railroad office clerk, and another young man were attracted. They undressed to their trousers and swam in pursuit of Darold, swimming through the erratic current area and six lines of breakers. By the time they overtook Darold 300 feet from shore in water 20 feet deep, both McLean and the other young man were breathing heavily. Each took hold of Darold and began towing him back toward shore, waves at times separating them briefly. Two men in a motorboat were approaching when a large wave crashed down on the three persons in the water and drove them under. McLean and the other young man drowned. Darold surfaced and was taken aboard the boat. When neither McLean nor the other young man appeared at the surface, the boat returned to shore.
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