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June, 2016
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 Take Time to be Safe When on the Water

Spring and early summer water recreation can be dangerous

We recently had a stretch of unusually warm weather. Temperatures in the 80s in April or May, might make a trip to a local river for swimming or rafting seem like a good idea. However, safety should always come first when you venture out on the water.

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office Dive-Rescue Team wants to encourage everyone to take safety precautions before and during outings to area rivers and lakes.

Most water, especially moving water, in Thurston County is still very cold this time of year. The river runoff from melting snow and ice in the mountains is what fills our lakes and local streams. People often think the air temperature outside affects the water temperature, but this has little impact. Please remember that water temperatures in the rivers are often in the 50 degree range.

When in, or near, moving water we encourage everyone to wear a proper floatation device. If persons don’t know how to swim, we strongly recommend wearing a floatation device even in shallow lakes and try to stay in designated swim areas. Always swim with at least one other person, and if in large groups make sure everyone knows how to swim and to pair up. Remember that most areas do not have on-duty life guards. Plan your outing and remember to tell others about your plans.

If you are floating down one of our rivers, be especially cautious. In particular, avoid trees that have fallen into the water. There may be branches that you cannot see that can sweep your raft under the water, tear a hole or even capture someone by snagging a belt or an article of clothing. It may be safest to get out of the water and walk around the obstacle. And always tell someone where you will be and when you believe you will return.

Please help us prevent drownings by taking some of these simple precautions. Have a fun and safe summer in the beautiful out-doors of Thurston County.

By Ray Brady

Make sure you have the proper safety equipment. Make sure you have the proper safety equipment.