Yuma, Arizona - This last weekend the Yuma Fire Department was involved in a water rescue along the Colorado River. Three juveniles between the ages of 12 and 17 were reported missing. They were found by YFD personnel in water too deep for their abilities and brought safely back to shore.
This is the second similar rescue of children in less than a week. With the weather warming up we would like to take this time to pass along some water safety reminders.
Stay aware of your surroundings, water depths, water clarity, currents and other conditions. Be alert for holes, drop-offs, and channels where water depths can suddenly change. Be sure your swimming abilities are up to the conditions, always observe the “buddy system” and never swim alone. Children should always have constant, responsible adult supervision around water.
Even adults should never swim alone. Always use the “buddy system”. Never leave children unsupervised around water, and this is even more critical around rivers and lakes.
“Tubing” on the river (or taking advantage of other local water recreation activities) can be a lot of fun, with the right equipment and taking the proper precautions!