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Cal Fire providing water safety advice

Last year, Cal Fire’s Butte County Fire Department handled 48 water rescues. As of June of this year, it handled 12.

Posted: Jun 23, 2020 7:12 PM
Updated: Jun 24, 2020 1:03 PM

BUTTE COUNTY -- Many people are hitting the water to try and beat the triple digit heat. But before you dive in, CAL Fire has some tips to make sure you get out safe.

Last year CAL Fire’s Butte County Fire Department handled 48 water rescues. As of June of this year, it handled 12.

Fire Captain John Gaddie says although we’re in June, hypothermia can play a factor in a swimmer’s safety. He says that’s due to the snow melt in water ways.

CAL Fire also says to be mindful of where you decide to swim.

“There’s rocks and crevasses and those currents go through those and we had a very tragic accident last year in the Feather River Canyon where someone got swept away and then stuck under a rock,” recalled Gaddie. “The current might look a little subdued on top but those currents can move extremely fast.”

He adds to never swim alone, use a flotation device, swim where there’s a lifeguard on duty and for parents to always supervise your children.

Gaddie says if you plan on going out on a boat to make sure your boat is working properly and has life vests for all passengers.

CAL Fire says don’t hesitate to call 9-1-1. It says it has a type one water rescue team available 24-hours a day.

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