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Stay safe on the river this weekend

September 1, 2016 1:12 PM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

With the long weekend almost here, residents are reminded to stay safe when enjoying the Red Deer River.

Red Deer Emergency Services advises users to take extra caution as the recent rainfall has caused river levels to fluctuate. The rain and runoff has also resulted in muddy water and floating debris.

“The Red Deer River is a great feature in our community but it needs to be approached using common sense,” said Karen Mann, Red Deer Emergency Services. “Know the risks, prepare a plan for your trip and bring proper safety equipment if you are heading out on the water.”

Here’s some tips to keep rafters and boaters safe on the water:

  • Estimate your time of arrival and make sure someone knows your itinerary.
  • Be prepared for unexpected conditions and pack your raft/boat with suitable warm clothing, water and other necessities in case of emergencies.
  • Carry oars or paddles to navigate and avoid obstacles.
  • Use proper floating devices. Inflatable toys are designed for floating on lakes, not in flowing waters.
  • Do not tie rafts, tubes or dinghies together. When rafts are tied together, rafters run the risk of getting caught up around bridge pillars and floating debris.

“Most importantly, lifejackets need to be worn at all times,” said Mann. “The water can be fast and cold at this time of year and the weather can be unpredictable and if you’re unprepared, you can find yourself in a dangerous situation where hypothermia could be a real issue.”

Residents should also note that alcohol consumption along the river is illegal and violators can be fined. It is also illegal to park along highway embankments, including the Queen Elizabeth II Highway.

Finally, respect the river and the natural environment. Take your garbage with you, recycle beverage containers and dispose of discarded rafts responsibly.

For more information, please contact:

Karen Mann
Red Deer Emergency Services
The City of Red Deer

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer


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