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Law enforcement recruits prepare and train for busy water season

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The sun is shining, temps are rising, and while you're out enjoying the outdoors this weekend, deputies will also be out, making sure you're safe.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office hosted the Oregon State Marine Board's Law Enforcement Training Wednesday, teaching newly recruited troopers and deputies about life-threatening situations on the water.

"A totally different environment than being in a vehicle and different atmosphere on a boat, a lot of different things to consider," Deputy Tony Unger with the Polk County Sheriff's Office said.

According to the Marine Board, most drowning victims don't die from not knowing how to swim or even hypothermia.

It's the cold water shock that often leads to death.

That's because it can cause an involuntary gasp reflex that can make you swallow water and drown.

It can happen in water as warm as 69 degrees.

That's why as part of their training, recruits also had to complete pool exercises where they learned firsthand about safety scenarios and rescue techniques.

At times they jumped in, in full uniform.

"We learn different survival techniques, some of the good things to do, and some of the bad things not to do and what the repercussions of those things could be," Sgt. Steve Eangler from the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office said.

Some other tips:

Make sure you have enough safety vests for everyone on board your boat.

Also, boat sober.

The Marine Board says boating and alcohol is a deadly mix, accounting for about 30% of deaths in the state every year, not to mention it can carry a fine of up to $6,000.

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