Spokane rescue crews plead with public to wear life jackets

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by Ashley Korslien & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 17, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 17 at 5:16 PM

SPOKANE-- Rescue crews in Spokane County have pulled seven bodies out of the Spokane River so far this year. These tragedies come after multiple warnings about river safety.

Officials are pleading for the public to take precautions when hitting the water.

It's been a very deadly summer on the Spokane River, and despite repeated warnings, rescue crews say at least half the people floating the river still aren't wearing life jackets.

Bill Clifford with Spokane Valley Fire says all too often people ignore the warning signs. “They get into the water after drinking or drinking while they're floating down the river. Those things don’t mix very well together and sometimes people lose their lives.”

One of the most common mistakes is skipping the life jacket. The Spokane County Sheriff's Marine Unit sees upwards of 100 life jacket violations on a busy day.

 

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