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River Safety Tips

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With the holiday weekend coming up, some people likely are thinking about going out on the river. But they aren't as safe as they look right now.

Disaster and Emergency Services director Duane Winslow says river levels remain high and the water is moving quickly. He says as the weather warms up this weekend, more snow melt will come off of the mountains.

"The Yellowstone has undercurrents that can pull you right under,” Winslow said. “The other thing is when the water is coming down so fast, a lot of debris and so forth are coming down there as well, so right underneath the surface there may be a log or may be something coming down that if you're out there in the water and get hit, it's going to take you under."

"Never go to the river by yourself,” said Francisco Soto, a rescue diver with US Water Rescue Dive Team. “Don't go fishing by yourself. Don't go on a boat by yourself. Don't go snorkeling by yourself. Always have a buddy and preferably that buddy should be on land in the event that you get taken away and you fall into the water."

Soto says you should always wear a life vest in the water. He always suggests watching out for others near the river. If someone falls in, call for help immediately.

 

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