Staying Cool Can be Dangerous
With hot temperatures dominating the week, local authorities are concerned about people trying to cool off in area waters. Yakima firefighters want to remind people that the Yakima and Tieton rivers are inherently dangerous.
Firefighters say two people drowned last year when they were swimming in the Yakima River. Crews say if you’re planning to float the river, always put safety first.
“Wear your safety vest, no alcohol and have a plan,” said Captain Tom Schneider with the Yakima Fire Department. “That means you have a secondary party know where you’re going to drop in the river and where you’re going to come out and about what time.”
Firefighters also advise people that they shouldn’t wade into water that’s deeper than your shins, even if you’re a strong swimmer.