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CAL FIRE offers four tips to stay safe while swimming this summer

With the especially wet winter that happened this year, Butte County CAL FIRE officials ask residents to be especially careful swimming in lakes and rivers because of the snowmelt.

Posted: Jun 7, 2019 7:00 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. -- With the especially wet winter that happened this year, Butte County CAL FIRE officials ask residents to be especially careful swimming in lakes and rivers because of the snowmelt.  

The weather may feel hot outside right now, but the water is actually colder than what most people think, which cause the body to go into shock.

CAL FIRE also warned about undercurrents. 

"You might look at a body of water and think 'Oh it doesn't look like it is running that fast,' but you get in and you can easily be swept away. So just take all precautions," said CAL FIRE Butte County spokesperson Rick Carhart. 

Carhart added that it can also be difficult to see what is under the water; there could be plenty of rocks and sticks to get stuck on. 

This is why CAL FIRE suggests people to go swimming together when possible. 

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