Friday, June 23, 2017

River Temperatures Dangerous Despite Heat Wave (Photo)


News Release from Longview Police & Fire
Posted on FlashAlert: June 23rd, 2017 11:36 AM
Downloadable file: Life Jacket Loaner Boards
Longview, WA -- With forecasters calling for temperatures that may approach 100 degrees this weekend, many will take to the water to get relief. Cowlitz River temperatures are hovering near 48 degrees Fahrenheit; swimmers will be risking the loss of muscle control, poor coordination, and the increased danger of drowning within minutes of entering the cold water.

In Washington, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury and death among ages 1 to 17. Most drownings occur on inland waters (lakes and rivers). Drowning due to cold water can be prevented. The best strategy is to wear a life jacket and limit your exposure to the water.

"If you do not have a life jacket, there are several economical options to obtain them", said Sarah Hoskins. She noted that Safe Kids Lower Columbia has placed life jacket loaner boards ad Willow Grove Park, County Line Park, Castle Rock Boat Launch, Horseshoe Lake, and Merwin Dam. If you would like to purchase a reduced cost life jacket, 25% off coupons are available at the Longview Fire Department, redeemable at Big 5 Sporting Goods or Bob's Sporting Goods, Said Hoskins.

Remember, life jackets float, you don't!

Sarah Hoskins is an Administrative Assistant with the Longview Fire Department and is the Chair of Safe Kids Lower Columbia. Persons or businesses interested in helping to support the life jacket loaner board project can contact Sarah at 360-442-5501.
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