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Hamilton Pool's new life jackets donated in honor of local boy who drowned

Hamilton Pool made some safety improvements after what turned out to be a deadly fall season, and the changes were possible because of the legacy that a local child left behind. (CBS Austin)

Hamilton Pool made some safety improvements after what turned out to be a deadly fall season, and the changes were possible because of the legacy that a local child left behind.

An organization called Colin's Hope was formed by friends and family of 4-year old Colin Holst of Lakeway after he lost his life in a South Austin swimming pool in 2008.

And whenever Colin's Hope Executive Director Alissa Magrum hears about another drowning death, like the one on Lake Travis this past weekend, and the two that shut down Hamilton Pool last fall, it hits home.

"It hurts. It's hard. When you talk to people every day about how they can be safer around water," said Magrum.

But it's also when Colin's Hope springs to action.

"Actually, it lights my fire and motivates us to just do more," said Magrum.

The organization donated a new life jacket rack to Hamilton Pool, and families put them to use when the park re-opened to swimmers this week. The life vests are available for loan.

"And they're right down here at the bottom. You don't have to hike with them. They're right here. It's good," said mother of five Megan Lowry.

Colin's Hope is also behind loaner life jackets at Mansfield Dam, Windy Point, Cottonwood Shores, and other parks around the country, and all done in Colin's honor.

"Really, I'm working every single day to create his legacy, and ensure that no other families have to go through what Colin's did," said Magrum.

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