Cal Fire warns of drowning dangers

Captain Gaddie warned that even though the water might not look fast-moving on top, the current underneath is.

Posted: Sep 2, 2019 6:49 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Butte Cal Fire Captain John Gaddie said water rescues have been on the rise this year, whether it be people or cars.

Captain Gaddie said even though it is hot outside, the water temperature is cold. He and his crew have helped Plumas County with rescues in the Feather River Canyon because the water flow is higher and the temperature is cooler.

He warned that even though the water might not look fast-moving on top, the current underneath is and said the Sacramento River is a perfect example.

Julia Findley, who floats the River regularly, said she tries to stay aware.

"There are a lot of submerged branches and trees and you don't want to get caught up on something," said Findley. "So, another thing with that is you want to make sure you are not attached or have anything tied to you because if that gets snagged it can pull you down."

Other floaters told Action News Now to keep a lifevest with you always and to not be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Reminders from Captain Gaddie was to not tie your pets to yourself or your floating devices, to tell people where you are going and go in a group.

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