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Keeping Safe In Idaho Rivers

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By KBOI

Boise, Idaho ( KBOI ) With temperatures in the 90's, we're all looking to cool off.

The Boise River is hard to resist but every summer firefighters have to rescue people from the water.

Don't let the peaceful look of the river fool you. The water is very very cold. I would know...I almost fell in...twice. And as simple as that...you could end up in big trouble.

Battalion chief David Cooper says people seem to think the Boise River is much safer than it really is.

Cooper says, "it's not a carnival ride. Just because it goes through the center of town and literally tens of thousands of people are on it in any given weekend, it doesn't mean it's safe."

Boise Fire rescues about 30 people every summer from the river.

"I'd say our 2 biggest problems are too much drinking and too little life jackets."

Cooper says the safest place in the river for floating is in the center, away from trees and debris along the banks.

"We've had very very good swimmers fall out of their rafts and not be ready for that cold water and not be able to swim in it. In some spots the river is shallow enough that people get flipped out of their rafts, they hit their heads and they cant swim because of that too."

Have fun. But float smart so you don't end up in the rescue boat.



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