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Date Released: 5/21/2008
Subject: River Safety Reminder
Contact: Brenda Godsey, PIO
Case No#: N/A
Released By: Brenda Godsey

Location: Humboldt County

As the Memorial Day weekend approaches, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office reminds the public to stay safe around Humboldt’s rivers. As the weather warms, many may enjoy swimming or boating on one of our area rivers. The Sheriff’s Office is reminding the public that rivers can be treacherous, especially this time of year as water is cold and currents are fast. In particular, the Trinity River is especially high right now, with the Bureau of Reclamation releasing large volumes of water to aid in fish migration. Do not underestimate the power of Humboldt County’s rivers.

Please remember the following when swimming in rivers:
· Learn to swim
· Watch for swift currents and steep drop offs.
· Beware of submerged hazards, such as rocks and trees.
· Remember - new hazards are present each spring; a stretch of river that was safe in the fall may be dangerous in the following spring.
· Wear a life jacket for all river activities.
· Spring flows are particularly cold and dangerous.
· Never let children swim alone. Keep a close watch on children even if they are far from the water. They can quickly enter the water and get in trouble when your attention is diverted for only a moment.
· Don't go in the water after someone in trouble. Rescue from shore and get help.
· Do not mix alcohol with swimming, diving or boating. Alcohol impairs your judgment, balance, and coordination, affects your swimming and diving skills, and reduces your body's ability to stay warm.