GLADSTONE, OREGON — Through Labor Day, AMR swift water trained Lifeguards will be at High Rocks Park in Gladstone and Glenn Otto Park in Troutdale. These two popular swimming holes see a number of drownings each year.
“The water moves fast and swimmers can drown within minutes,” says trainer Justine Kilsby.
Two to four lives are lost every year at these spots. Lifeguards spend some 80 hours training in the river. The program began in 1999.
AMR says there are some simple steps to prevent drowning: Wear a Coast Guard approved life jacket if you’re near a river or lake. Be aware of water hazards like debris you can get tangled up in. Know your abilities, if you can’t swim, don’t get in. Keep children within arm’s reach and always watch them around water.
Rivers this time of year are cold. It could be 65 outside, but only in the 50′s in the water.