Snohomish County firefighters warn swimmers after multiple rescues

Posted on Thursday, July 23rd, 2020 at 11:56 am    

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WA – The Skykomish River has played witness to a number of water rescues and close calls this past weekend, prompting Snohomish County Fire to issue a warning to river-goers.

KOMO News reported that in this past weekend alone, firefighters were called to Eagle Falls and Skykomish River five times to rescue people in trouble.

During summer, many people park their cars along US Highway 2 near the river, but this makes it difficult for first responders to access the area. Snohomish County officials are asking the public to park elsewhere to avoid blocking the roadway.

Ernie Walters, the Assistant Chief of Sky Valley Fire, warned that the river water is usually much colder than expected, and people can go into shock when they jump in. Walters recommends everyone wear life jackets when heading into the water.

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