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Holiday Water Safety

Holiday Water Safety

Posted: Jun 29, 2018 8:19 PM

GLENN COUNTY, Calif - Before fireworks fill the night sky this upcoming weekend many will be heading out to the river to cool off.

So Action News Now set sail on Friday to learn what the Glenn County Sheriff’s Office is doing to make sure your family stays safe.

"We will be out here with our patrols either at the river or the lake," said Amy Travis with the sheriff's office. 

Officers say there are many common safety precautions they advise especially with the expected high temperatures.

These include stocking up on the essentials: life jackets , sun screen, and plenty of water.

"if you are hanging out on the beaches you want to make sure youre staying hydrated. and you're watching for signs of heat illness," added Travis. 

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But other safety precautions people may not think about are areas to avoid, and that’s why officers say their biggest areas of concern are water rescues.

"A lot of rescues are tied to people floating away with the current and not making their departure point," said Travis. 

Some of the common rescues involve debris, like submerged trees which can cause snags and the current can move floaters into the trees where they become stuck.

" Most people can't swim back up the current we'll spend all afternoon just pooling people out of the trees," said a boating officer. 

But officers say they'll be out patrolling if people need help, adding this shouldn’t stop anyone from going out and having fun.

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