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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 6, 2013
Contact: Sergeant Ouellette, Marine Patrol
(603) 293-2037

Swift Water Warning

IN LIGHT OF THE RECENT DROWNINGS WHICH HAVE OCCURRED ON NH RIVERS, NEW HAMPSHIRE MARINE PATROL WANTS TO URGE THE PUBLIC TO EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN ENGAGING IN ANY RECREATIONAL ACTIVITY ON ANY STREAM OR RIVER IN THE STATE.

DUE TO THE RECENT HEAVY RAINS, ALL RIVERS AND STREAMS ARE RUNNING AT HIGH LEVELS;  DANGEROUS SPEEDS AND UNEXPECTEDLY TREACHEROUS CURRENTS ARE HIDDEN JUST BELOW THE SEEMINGLY CALM WATER ON THE RIVER'S SURFACE.

IN LIGHT OF THE PRESENT HEAT WAVE, WE RECOGNIZE THAT NEW HAMPSHIRE'S LAKES, PONDS AND RIVERS OFFER RELIEF FROM THE HEAT.  IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO COOL OFF IN THE WATER, WE STRONGLY URGE YOU TO GO TO A LAKE, A POND, OR A PARK WHERE THERE IS A DESIGNATED SWIMMING AREA WITH A LIFEGUARD ON DUTY. 

MARINE PATROL URGES ALL PERSONS WHO APPROACH WATER RECREATION ON RIVERS AND STREAMS TO FIRST AND FOREMOST WEAR A PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICE (LIFEJACKET) WHEN ENTERING THE WATER, REGARDLESS OF HOW CALM THE WATER CONDITIONS LOOK.  EVEN STRONG SWIMMERS CAN BE EASILY OVERCOME BY THE CURRENT AND SWEPT AWAY INTO TREACHEROUS WATERS.

FOR ALL PADDLERS IN CANOES AND KAYAKS, WE URGE YOU TO WEAR YOUR PFD/LIFEJACKET WHEN ON A RIVER OR STREAM.  AN UNEXPECTED WAVE OR HIDDEN ROCK CAN CAPSIZE THE VESSEL, LEAVING YOU IN SERIOUS DANGER OF DROWNING.  PERSONS WHO ARE PLANNING TO DRIFT WITH THE CURRENT IN A TUBE ARE ALSO URGED TO WEAR THEIR LIFEJACKETS. 

NEW HAMPSHIRE MARINE PATROL WANTS EVERYONE TO BE SAFE WHILE ENJOYING OUR BEAUTIFUL WATERWAYS. 

 

   
 
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