6 people saved in 2 separate rescues, Modesto officials say

WITH THE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND. THE UNOFFICIAL START TO SUMMER SOME ARE HITTING THE WATERWAYS IN OUR REGION. THIS IS A LIVE LOOK AT THE SACRAMENTO RIVER, FROM OUR SKY CAME.RA BUT, THE WATER REMAINS COLD, AND RUNS SWIFTLY IN SOME AREAS. THIS PAST WEEKEND, SIX PEOPLE IN TWO SEPARATE INCIDENTS HAD TO BE RESCUED FORM THE STANISLAUS RIVER. AS THE TEMPERATURES RISE, WAIT RESCUE CREWS SHARE THEIR TIPS ON HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN VISITING RIVERS AND LAKES. GULSTAN: KCRA 3’S KAY RECEDE HAS THIS REPORT IN KNIGHTS FERRY. REPORTER: JHALMAN SINGH AND HIS LOVED ONES – ARE READY FOR THEIR FIRST RIVER RAFTING EXPERIENCE >> JUST SPEND THE DAY OFF OMFR WORKJU, ST BREAK FROM THE ROUTE.IN REPORTER: A STEP AWAY FROM THE ORDINARY, A STEP INTO THE FAST MOVING STANISLAUS RIVER >> A LITTLE NERVOUS. >> WHY A YREOU NERVO?US >> I CAN’T SWIM. REPORTER: AND EVEN THOUGH SOME OF HIS FAMILY MEMBERS ARE NERVOU-S THEY ARE PREPARED. >> BUT AT LEAST YOU HAVE A LIFE JACK, ETRIGHT? >> YEAH. >> AND YOU’RE GOING WITH PEOPLE WHO OBVIOUSLY KNOW WHAT THEY’RE DOING. >> YEAH. REPORTER: WITH LIFE JACKETS ON, INSIDE A COAST GUARD APPROVED BOAT, WITH EXPERIENCED GUIDES, THESE ARE THE TIPS THAT MODESTO FIRE CAPTAIN PAUL AUTRY RECOMMENDS ALL FAMILIES FOLL.OW >> WE FIND A LOT OF OUR PATIENTS THAT WE GET OFF-RIVER STARTED WITH A FLOATATION DEVICE THAT” APPROVED FOR A SWIMMING POOL. REPORTER: CAPTAIN AUTRY SAYS SO FAR THIS LONG WEEKEND, SIX PEOPLE – IN TWO SEPARATE INCIDENTS VEHA HAD TO BE RESCUED FROM THE VERY COLD AND VERY SWIFT RIVER >> THERE’S A SECTION CALLED ‘ ‘RUSSIAN RAPIDS’. I’S ‘PRETTY NOTORUSIO FOR OVERTURNING RAFTERS. REPORTER: AUTRY SAYS FOR FIRST-TIME VISITORS – THE STANISLAUS MAY SEEM INVITING , BUT LOOKS CAN BE DECEIVING. >> ‘WHAT HAPPENS IS THEY GET PUSHED INTO THE BRUSH, THE BERRIES, OR SOTHMEING ON THE SIDE OF THE RIVER, IT POPS. MOST OF THEM DON’T WEAR SOME SORT OF LIFE JACKET AND THAT’S HOW THEY GET IN TROUBLE. REPORTER: SINGH AND HIS FAMILY ARE TAKING A GUIDED TOUR AND READY TO TAKE ON THIS WNE ADVENTURE. >> IF YOU LIKE IT, DO YOU THINK YOU WILL GO BACK? >> YEAH. REPORTER: AUTRY ADDS THAYOUT CAN ALWAYS STOP BY THEIR FIRE STATION. YOU MAY BORROW A LIFE JACKET AND ALSO GET THE LATEST INFORMATION ABOUT THE WATER FLOW AND TEMPERATURE

Modesto officials urge river goers to play it safe after 6 people saved in 2 separate rescues

Updated: 9:30 PM PDT May 30, 2022

Six people in two separate incidents were rescued over the Memorial Day weekend, according to Modesto Fire Captain Paul Autry. Autry said at the first rescue, two people were caught in a waterway known as the “Russian Rapids.””There’s a large ‘s’ turn that they get pushed into and once they get pushed into the side, the current pins them up against the embankment and that’s usually where we find them,” Autry said.The second incident, four people were saved after their raft overturned, in a spot similar to the “Russian Rapids.” Autry said most people who get rescued off-river were using some sort of flotation device meant more for swimming pools and less for river conditions. “What happens is they get pushed into the brush, the berries, or something on the side of the river — it pops. Most of them don’t wear some sort of life jacket and that’s how they get in trouble,” Autry said. Autry advised visitors to wear coast guard life jackets and use Coast Guard-approved floatation devices. He also said that the Stanislaus River is often much colder than the temperature outside, ranging from 52 to 56 degrees Fahrenheit at any given time of the year. Another danger of the river is one that cannot be seen: the current speed, which can take swimmers under.Autry said visitors should check the flow of the water by either visiting websites that monitor the flow, or by calling the fire station at 209- 577-6266. Fire staff are usually able to advise visitors of the water’s temperature, current, and other information. Families may also borrow life jackets from the fire station.The fire captain also recommends people newer to coordinate rivers with guides, who will provide boats, life vests and guided tours down the Stanislaus River. More Like This | 2022 California Wildfire Preparedness Guide: What to know and how to stay safe

Six people in two separate incidents were rescued over the Memorial Day weekend, according to Modesto Fire Captain Paul Autry.

Autry said at the first rescue, two people were caught in a waterway known as the “Russian Rapids.”

“There’s a large ‘s’ turn that they get pushed into and once they get pushed into the side, the current pins them up against the embankment and that’s usually where we find them,” Autry said.

The second incident, four people were saved after their raft overturned, in a spot similar to the “Russian Rapids.” Autry said most people who get rescued off-river were using some sort of flotation device meant more for swimming pools and less for river conditions.

“What happens is they get pushed into the brush, the berries, or something on the side of the river — it pops. Most of them don’t wear some sort of life jacket and that’s how they get in trouble,” Autry said.

Autry advised visitors to wear coast guard life jackets and use Coast Guard-approved floatation devices. He also said that the Stanislaus River is often much colder than the temperature outside, ranging from 52 to 56 degrees Fahrenheit at any given time of the year. Another danger of the river is one that cannot be seen: the current speed, which can take swimmers under.

Autry said visitors should check the flow of the water by either visiting websites that monitor the flow, or by calling the fire station at 209-577-6266. Fire staff are usually able to advise visitors of the water’s temperature, current, and other information. Families may also borrow life jackets from the fire station.

The fire captain also recommends people newer to rivers coordinate with guides, who will provide boats, life vests and guided tours down the Stanislaus River.

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