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Deputies Discuss Boat Safety

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ASHLAND, Ore. — Jackson County Sheriff’s deputies say spring 2013 is already proving to be a dangerous season on Southern Oregon waterways. There have been boat crashes on both the Rogue River and Lost Creek Lake.

Lots of folks will be headed outdoors this holiday weekend, and while Jackson County Sheriff’s deputies say they want you to enjoy your time out on the water, they hope you think, “safety first”.

If you’re Memorial Day weekend includes a boat ride on Southern Oregon waterways, sheriff’s deputies say make sure everything is working properly, pick a river class according to your rafting skill level, and keep a close eye on the forecast.

Calm cold waters can change quickly with high winds. Sheriff’s deputies say you’ll also want to have a fire extinguisher, extra batteries, maps, flares, a first aid kit and a life jacket for each person on board. Kids 12 and under have to be wearing the jackets at all times. Jackson County Sheriff’s deputies say it’s the number one safety priority because it’s been proven to save lives.

Most of us carry a cell phone these days to call 911 for an emergency, but Jackson County Sheriff’s deputies want you to have someone at home, or someone who didn’t go on the trip with you, to be ready to dial 911 if you don’t return at a specific set time.