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USCG officials remind swimmers, boaters the dangers of unfamiliar waters

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PORTLAND, OR (AP) -

People flocked to Poet’s Beach Thursday in southwest Portland to escape the triple digit temperatures.

Kristin Abalan was enjoying her vacation in Portland Thursday on the beach, visiting from Connecticut. But she says she grew up in Oregon and is familiar with days on the Willamette River.

Abalan says they’re staying safe and swimming in the shallow area.

“We all swim. I think if you’re not a swimmer, whenever you enter water you should have a life jacket on,” Abalan said.

Coast Guard officials want to remind swimmers and boaters this summer about the dangers of swimming in water they are unfamiliar with.

U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer William Collins from Station Portland says their summer has been busy with around 90 search and rescue cases this year.

Collins says to be prepared because the heat can dehydrate a person more quickly than you may think.

“You definitely want to be drinking as much water as you can. The air temps over 100 degrees. Alcohol is just gonna dehydrate you quicker. I recommend drinking as much water as you can. Stay hydrated throughout the day,” Collins said.

Coast Guard officials want to remind people that alcohol does not mix with swimming or boating.

They say the same laws apply to drinking and operating a boat as they would driving a car.

Collins also says if someone questions their strength to swim in Oregon rivers with strong currents, he recommends they always wear a life jacket.

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