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First responders see more life jackets being used on area rivers

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Much of the Northwest is wrapping up its third heat wave this summer and with warmer temperatures expected to climb next week first responders continue to push the message of water safety when out on area rivers and lakes. 

High Rocks along the Clackamas River in Gladstone was a busy place Thursday afternoon as people there tried to cool off from the mid-90 degree temperatures. 

“On days like this you usually try to go rafting, boating, jet skiing, whatever you can do to be in the sun,” Alex Snegur said.

Lifeguards with AMR said this summer more people have been wearing life jackets at the popular swimming hole.

“Part of it has been because we have had a little bit of a younger crowd out here and definitely some people that are a little less experienced in swimming and just because it has been so hot have been using the water more frequently,” Mitchell Dickey with the AMR River Rescue Program said.

Seeing people listening to their warning has been good to see this summer.

“As a lifeguard, it is comforting, you know seeing people out in life jackets,” Dickey said.

Further up on the Clackamas River, huge numbers of people have been floating from Barten Park to Carver Park.

It could spell a recipe for disaster but Clackamas County Fire and Rescue said district-wide they have only been called to seven water rescues. A low number they like to see with so many people out on area rivers. 

If you are heading out to the local rivers and lakes first responders continue to urge that you use a life jacket, swim with a buddy and stay safe.

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