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Stay safe on the river this weekend

May 18, 2018 10:37 AM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

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

Red Deer Emergency Services advises users to take caution when enjoying the river and to use common sense to assess the safety and conditions of the river before entering.

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.
  • Life jackets should be worn at all times.
  • 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.

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:

Damian LaGrange
Acting Deputy Chief 
Red Deer Emergency Services 
The City of Red Deer 

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer

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