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Safety tips for waterways outings
Those heading to the Colorado River and other natural waterways to escape the sizzling heat are being asked by law enforcement to take preventive measures to ensure safety.
The Yuma County Sheriff's Office strongly encourages “anyone going to the river to be especially cautious,” said Maj. Leon Wilmot.
“The Lower Colorado River flows fluctuate on a routine basis. Levels of the river can go from ankle deep to a drop-off of 40 feet at times, with currents fluctuating dramatically. The river currents are very swift in some locations, and undercurrents can sweep a person off their feet.”
Once swept away in the current, the victim is at risk of injuries from submerged vegetation or rocks, Wilmot added.
The recent death of a teen who died in a Phoenix hospital after being pulled unconscious out of the Colorado River is one example of just how deadly natural waterways can be, Wilmot said, noting extra caution should be taken when children are present.
“It's important that folks watch their children closely and make sure they have flotation devices for them if they are going to allow them to play on or near the river. Always designate a member of the family to be in charge of watching them. The youth of today is the future of tomorrow. We need to take care of them.”
Chris McDaniel can be reached at email@example.com or 539-6849.