Best Reason to Stay Off the Water

High-Water Rescues

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We know that when temperatures warm up, the Boise River starts to look mighty inviting. But when the river is running at near flood stage, don't float the river. Seriously. When the water is at near-freezing temperatures, don't float the river. When maintenance crews haven't been able to clear the river of downed logs and branches, don't float the river. When all three of these things happen at once, stay the hell off the water. Of course, all the warnings in the world won't stop those few people each year who think they are the exceptions, as witnessed by the handful of rescues the Boise Fire Department had to do early this summer, plucking shivering boaters off islands. Thankfully, we have a highly trained swift-water rescue crew in Boise, but seriously people, common sense isn't a bad thing.

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