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Rural Metro Fire warns public about the dangers of the Rogue River

Rural Metro Fire responded to a high volume of water rescues this weekend in the Rogue River.

Posted: Jul 7, 2019 6:20 PM
Updated: Jul 7, 2019 6:27 PM

GRANTS PASS, Ore.,--Rural Metro Fire division chief Austin Prince says he's responded to about half a dozen water rescues on 4th of July weekend. That's more that usual, sometimes Rural Metro Fire has weekends in the summer with zero water rescue calls. Prince says there are different kinds of water rescues. 

"The most negative events that occur is when someone underestimates their swimming ability and tries to swim across the Rogue River. The current is faster than a lot of people are familiar with," says Prince.

He warns it may also be colder than people anticipate. Rural Metro Fire says that the most important thing you can do to keep your family safe is to make sure everyone is wearing a life jacket. Organizations across the Rogue Valley have raised money to make free life jackets accessible to everyone. 

“Over the course of seeing so many people survive this river, a lot of effort was put into raising money to putting these life jacket loaner stations available at certain parks," says Prince.

Anyone can borrow a life jacket as long as they return it.

“Over the course of seeing so many people survive this river, a lot of effort was put into raising money to putting these life jacket loaner stations available at certain parks," says Prince.

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